France coach Didier Deschamps says Yohan Cabaye's stock has risen because of his displays on the international stage - and not his impressive performances for Newcastle.
Magpies midfielder Cabaye, 26, has already been linked with a move away from St James' Park after an excellent start to his Premier League career.
Following a £4.3million move from French side Lille in June 2011, he was instrumental in Newcastle's surprise fifth-place finish last term and also cemented his place in the national team.
Deschamps, whose side travel to Spain for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, insists winning a regular place for France should be Cabaye's focus.
"One of my favourite sayings is: 'National team is above everything, you can play at the greatest clubs, but there is nothing stronger than winning with the shirt of your country'," said ex-Chelsea player Deschamps.
"I can give you an example - Yohan Cabaye. He didn't change his status because he joined Newcastle, it is because he has been called into the French team and he has matched expectation.
"Nowadays no-one could imagine the French team without him. But why?
"You really believe people look very closely at his performances with Newcastle? No, he got his status with Les Bleus, thanks to his good work for the French team."
Cabaye had only played four times for France before joining Newcastle, but is set to make his 19th appearance against reigning world champions Spain in Madrid.