Imbula cools talk of switch to Newcastle

The 20-year old Congolese midfielder has played down rumours of a potential move to join the Magpies’ numerous French-based players at Tyneside, dismissing it as “paper talk”

Giannelli Imbula has moved to cool speculation of a potential summer switch to Newcastle, stating that his current contract with Guingamp runs until 2015.

Ten French-based players have joined Newcastle in recent history, with boss Alan Pardew looking to the French market to get value for money.

High profile signings from the French leagues include Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy among others, but Imbula has moved to cool the link between him and Newcastle.

The 20-year old says Newcastle are a “big club”, but says his contract until 2015 and dismisses rumours as “paper talk”.

Imbula told Sky Sports: “I have a contract until 2015 so let’s see what will happen. Guingamp is my club and they will have their say.

“Newcastle are in the Premier League, you are talking about a big club, but nothing is done. It is only paper talk.”

Although Imbula is Congolese, he currently plays in the second tier of French football with Guingamp, where he has scored one goal this season in 23 games.

Imbula has been previously linked with Chelsea and Arsenal among other clubs, and became the youngest player to start a Ligue 2 game at 17 years and one month old.