Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists midfielder Mehdi Abeid has a future at the club after rejecting an approach for the player during the summer.
The 22-year-old made his first competitive appearance for the Magpies in more than 19 months in Tuesday's 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Gillingham.
Abeid spent last term on loan at Greek side Panathinaikos.
"We had a bid for him, one of the few players that we have had a bid for, and I turned it down flat," said Pardew.
Algerian Abeid, who moved to St James Park from French side Lens in 2011, is yet to feature in the Premier League and had made only five previous first-team appearances for the Magpies before this week.
|Abeid career at a glance|
|2003: Joined RC Lens, aged 11|
|2011: Signed a five-year deal with Newcastle for an undisclosed fee|
|January 2013: Joined St Johnstone on loan|
|July 2013: Moved to Greek side Panathinaikos on a season-long loan|
He played 13 matches for Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone on loan in the 2012-13 campaign and went on to win the Greek Cup with Panathinaikos last season.
Pardew told BBC Newcastle that Abeid adds a different dimension to his midfield, even if he is still a work in progress.
"Mehdi gives us a little more punch with the pass," said Pardew. "One thing I will say about him in that number four role is that he has got perhaps a little bit more imagination than the number fours that we play there.
"With no disrespect to Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote they are different types of player and you need those in the Premier League.
"He makes mistakes, he gives free kicks away on the edge of the area, he does some naive things. He has been to Panathinaikos to cut them out, so I'm slightly disappointed with him in that.
"My overriding feeling is that I'm pleased with him. He is definitely in that group now and challenging hard to get a place."
Abeid said he is delighted to return to Tyneside after establishing himself a first-team regular in Athens.
"It was a great season for me, I did my best and now I have to keep going with what I did last season and to show I can help the team," he said.