Oba Martins has finally come out and said he has no intention of leaving Newcastle and that he is extremely happy at the club.
Certainly after scoring an opportunist goal after 11 minutes last night the fans were very appreciative of Martins’ contribution and he is a fan favorite.
All summer of course there has been speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal but Oba has finally put that one to rest.
Obafemi Martins – very happy at Newcastle
Oba told the club’s official website today:
“I will keep my mouth shut. I am not going anywhere, I am still a Newcastle player.”
“I am very, very happy here, so I am not going anywhere.”
“I believe you need competition.”
“We have many games to play, so everybody will have to play together.”
Martins was shot into the summer headlines after it emerged that he â€“ as well as Michael Owen – has a get-out clause in his contract – Martins is for Â£13M. Arsene Wenger is an firm admirer of Martins, who scored 17 goals in his first season on Tyneside.
However, like Michael Owen, Oba has now made it clear of his intention to stay at Newcastle and battle it out with Michael, Mark Viduka, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll and the re-emerging Albert Luque for a place in the starting line-up. Suddenly Newcastle seem to posses an all powering list of strikers and it may well be that we need to loan out 19 year-old Andy Carroll for the season â€“ with Hull City of the Championship very willing to take him on laon.
Martins started the Celtic game alongside Luque last night and they both looked deadly in front of goal scoring 3 opportunist goals between them before half time. It will be interesting to see if the club now attempt to renogotiate Martins’ contract to remove the get-out clause.