Kevin Keegan is confident that Charles N'Zogbia will still be a Newcastle player next season.
The Magpies boss is so sure that the Frenchman will remain on Tyneside this summer that he is yet to hold discussions with the 22-year-old regarding his future.
The winger has been strongly linked with North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham in the past, and was attributed the following quotes after heading back to his native France at the conclusion of the 2007/08 campaign: "I did not play a lot towards the end of last season so that has given me the desire to go somewhere else.
"My future will be clearer once I talk to the coach."
Keegan, though, appears to have chosen to ignore these comments and insists that N'Zogbia has proven his commitment to the Magpies' cause over the last few weeks.
"Charles's pre-season has been absolutely tremendous," he told the Evening Chronicle.
"That's a massive boost for me because I did not know quite how he would come back. But he has returned absolutely spot on.
"He has worked very hard, and he's a very valuable player, because he can play in two or three different positions.
"I haven't talked with him. I don't ask players if they want to stay. They've got contracts. His attitude tells me 'yes', but I don't ask them."
N'Zogbia joined Newcastle from Le Havre in 2004 and is close to clocking up 100 starts for the North East club.
He was involved in the Magpies' 4-1 victory over Hartlepool at the weekend, suggesting that he remains an integral part of Keegan's plans.