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Andy Carroll not for sale, says Newcastle boss Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew with striker Andy Carroll
Pardew (left) has had to dismiss transfer talk over Carroll since taking charge

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has insisted that talented striker Andy Carroll will stay at St James' Park.

In-form Carroll, 21, has already scored 10 goals this season leading to strong speculation that other clubs will move for the young England international.

But Pardew feels Gateshead-born Carroll has a bright future at St James' Park.

"Andy's career path is here," he said. "He just has to keep working hard. We have to have a big-club mentality and hold on to our best players."

Talking of continued stories linking Carroll with some of Newcastle's Premier League rivals, Pardew - who took over from sacked Chris Hughton earlier this month - says there is nothing his club can do.

"It does get boring but it is not going to stop - it will never stop," stated Pardew. "It will not stop simply because he's a talent and that happens at the big clubs.

"It just goes to show you his value at the moment. Andy just has to keep doing what he does best.

"He has already proved that playing for Newcastle United will not hinder his international career, so why does he need to go?

"He loves it here and loves the fans - long may it continue."

Some people at Newcastle wanted us to sell Andy Carroll - Dennis Wise tells BBC Sport

Last week the former Newcastle United director Dennis Wise told BBC Sport that he fought to keep Carroll at the club when "certain people" wanted to sell the striker.

Wise, 44, spent 14 months at St James' Park before leaving the club in April 2009.

"We had an offer and I said no - the boy was the future of the club," he said. "Some people agreed and some did not."

Carroll - who was recently ordered to live with Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan as part of his bail conditions after an alleged assault charge - made his full England debut against France in November.

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