Demba Ba has been interviewed on the French web-site RMCSport and what he says will worry Newcastle fans.
Demba Ba – interested in joining PSG – yes why not he says
Demba Ba was interviewed in general by RMCSport about the other French players at Newcastle, and how he expects to do at the African Cup of Nations with Senegal.
Ba was born in Sèvres, which is a community in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, and the player has always supported his home town club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
He was asked first about the other players at Newcastle and he said they were doing very well – like Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa.
And he was the asked if he would join PSG, since they were on a big recruitment drive under new manager Carlol Ancelotti, with the former Chelsea manager agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal worth £110K/week.
This is what Ba said about whether he would want to join mega-rich PSG, with variations of the translation:
Yes why not, it is possible. I have always supported the PSG.”
Then it’s a club that is attractive. However, it will be difficult to do that in January. I am in Newcastle and fans like me.”
“And then the transfer market will be closed when I go back to the CAN (African Cup Of Nations) , so I do not focus on it. My first goal is the CAN and to get a good result.”
“I will then continue to try to play well for Newcastle. We undertook something, and I’d like to go all the way.”
So that’s a little worrying, although that last line is promising, but of course it depends on the exact translation.
And Harry Redknapp has continued to talk about Ba’s situation to the press.
And Harry has come out and mentioned that the release figure quoted by the press of £10M, which we thought all along was simply a glorified guess by the press, is incorrect and it’s a lot lower than that.
In the Daily Mail today Redknapp was asked about the reported £10M release-clause, and this is what he said:
“I think you will find it is a lot less than that.”
And he was then asked if it was around £7M, and Redknapp added:
“Even less than that.”
So if there was any doubt that Harry was drawn into talking about Ba by reporters on Friday, and it wasn’t really his fault – he has done it yet again.
It’s a wonder he didn’t show the press a copy of Demba Ba’s contract at Newcastle.
Harry’s almost as bad as Graeme Souness was when he was manager at Newcastle, by talking to reporters about the transfer market and mentioning specific players he is interested in, who just happen to have contracts at other clubs.
We have to hope that the Newcastle club can put the lid on this Demba Ba situation, and we hope he is loyal to Newcastle.
We gave him a chance with his bad knee, and yes things have turned out great for both player and Newcastle so far this season, and obviously Newcastle want to keep him.
The best thing the club can do is to renegotiate his contract quickly, if that is possible.
But this is not good news, and this is not the last time we will hear about the Ba release clause, and we wonder if there should be more ethical conduct demanded during these transfer windows?