... we all know he is looking for a club playing in the Champions League.
France's progress in Brazil next summer is key to whether he stays at Newcastle or moves on.
The World Cup is the biggest stage ... and he knows it.
On a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, has scored 10 goals so far this season.
Alan Pardew: “He has been terrific – he’s a lovely young boy.
“I think he has got great technical ability, and he’s going to have a great career in the Premier League – and hopefully with us.
“We feel we can sign him – we have the finance to do that – but of course probably at the end of the year, Loic and his agent and his representatives will decide where his future is.
“50,000 Geordies – there isn’t a lot of clubs who can beat that. That’s what I say to my players.
“They think the grass is greener, and we’ve lost some good players in this football club.
“Joey Barton moved on, Andy Carroll ... and actually you have to argue, have they moved on to better clubs?
“Because when they were here they were absolutely terrific for us, and I think sometimes the grass isn’t always greener, as we know.”