Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists star striker Andy Carroll will remain at St James’ Park.
The 21-year-old England international, who has netted 10 goals this season, has been linked with a move away from the club in recent months, with Arsenal and Tottenham two of the rumoured suitors.
But Pardew, who replaced Chris Hughton last month, said: “Andy’s career path is here.
“He just has to keep working hard. We have to have a big-club mentality and hold on to our best players.”
He continued: “It (the constant speculation about Carroll’s future) does get boring but it is not going to stop – it will never stop. It will not 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.”