Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is adamant he will not be letting unsettled midfielder Charles N'Zogbia leave St James' Park without a fight.
Tottenham are understood to have their eye on N'Zogbia, who is under contract in the North East until 2011, and it is believed the 21-year-old was close to a January switch to White Hart Lane.
Keegan takes his troops to Spurs in the Premier League on Sunday and ahead of the clash the Magpies boss admits he must convince N'Zogbia his future lies with Newcastle, but insists he will not be allowing the Frenchman to leave without his say-so.
"I still see it the same," Keegan told the Shields Gazette. "We have from now until the end of the season.
"His future lies here for as long as we want because he's got a three-year contract.
"I told him to get his head down and work hard and then we would come back to that at the end of the season.
"That's the promise I made him, and that's what we'll do. That has not changed."
N'Zogbia joined Newcastle from Le Havre in 2004, but he has been forced to play a number of games out of position at left-back this season and he has begun the last two games under Keegan on the bench.