Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has every intention of retaining the services of Steven Taylor this summer.
The 24-year-old has been thrust into the transfer spotlight of late, with reports suggesting he could be set to depart his boyhood idols.
An alleged training ground bust-up with team-mate Andy Carroll last term has helped to fuel the speculation, with Taylor forced to sit out the final few weeks of the season as a result of an injury sustained in the incident.
A number of Premier League clubs would be willing to take the Geordie were he to become available, with the former England U21 international regarded as a reliable performer at the heart of any back four.
Hughton, though, is determined to keep Taylor at St James' Park and fully expects to have him at his disposal when Newcastle reacquaint themselves with the Premier League in 2010/11.
"He's a big talent and a local lad with the club at heart," said the Magpies manager.
"We will always endeavour to keep our best players, and he goes into that category.
"It's been frustrating for him, but he will come back fit and fresh for next season and now has a chance to play pre-season."