My Dream Is To Play For PSG – I Am Happy At Newcastle

Demba Ba has said that his dream is to one day to play for his home town club Paris Saint-Germain.

Demba Ba – in action at West Brom

With PSG seemingly interested in the player this summer,  the question then becomes when?

Demba Ba has given an interview recently in which he puts it  both ways – his dream is to play for PSG, but he is happy at Newcastle right now, so whether he will want to leave in the summer to Paris is anybody’s guess.

It’s shades of Jose Enrique of last year, and his statement seem political, to please both camps – and like politicians – he seems to have said what people want to hear.

This is what the 26 year-old striker with 16 Premier Lague goals had to say over the weekend:

“It’s always a dream for me to play one day at PSG, but I’m really happy where I am in Newcastle and the English league suits me perfectly,”

“I always loved PSG. I saw them beat Marseilles at Yohan Cabaye’s place – Lille – recently.

“But since I joined Newcastle, I have rediscovered the feeling I had when I was a young boy playing on the pitches at the bottom of the street”.

The free transfer signing made big news in January – thanks to Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp revealed there was a release clause of around £7M in his contract, and then Ba’s former West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan went even  further, and took it upon himself to reveal minute details of Ba’s contract at Newcastle.

Why either of them thought it was ethical to do that we have no idea – but this is football – and it’s not part of the real world.

We have no idea if Ba will stay at Newcastle or not, we hope he does stay, but the main thing now is for Newcastle to get him signed  to a new deal.

And then if he does go in the summer Newcastle will at least get the market price for him, which will be a lot more than £7M, and Qatar owned PSG seem to have plenty of money available too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed there is absolutely no confirmation psg r interested in ba, I’ve said it all along they’ve got bigger targets than demba

  • dmac

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    He seems to be talking his exit up rather alot at the minute. I would ideally like to keep him but only if he wants to play for us. We have had too many damaging attitudes in the changing room in the past lets not make Demba wanting out another.

    He has had a spectacular season but no player is bigger than the club.

  • obatoyou

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    He can go, not bothered, I’ve always said anyone playing up front for newcastle will score goals, at least in recent tears, not sure why. Won’t lose a day of sleep when he goes, bring in someone else and get their flippin contract right this time!

  • russtoon

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    BA BA Bad boy!!!

    I think he will sign a new deal but be gone the next opportunity, he should sign a new deal and sort of pay us back or give us an opportunity to get a load of cash back on him, he is a quality striker who is just feeling a little cissed at the mo haha (pardon the pun lads)

    He should try some of his strawberry juice in milk!!!! Its premier at its best!!

    Mind you with the Fat man from the shandy drinking country is charging a tenna a bottle haha

    Keep believing lads, keep believing!!!

  • davybtoon

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Ba is 27 this summer meaning is next move could b his last which is why he will stay here until he can go to psg which may never happen if they don’t want him

  • LewSpi

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t see him being here come September to be perfectly honest, his head just hasn’t looked in it for the last few games, passes going astray, shots going wide etc. I think his mind might be elsewhere. I have full faith in our recruitment lads to find a replacement however.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    If ba gets his dream to psg I’d wish him well n thank him for a great season, but if he went to one of our prem rivals he can f**k ryt off n become the next judas c**t haha

    N like lewspi says I think we wud replace


    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Everyone is replaceable but if Ba leaves we’d need 2 players to do it

    Give the lad what he wants to keep him imo


    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Also news that town is getting a Melbourne Hearts 19 year old left footed defender Curtis Good on trial according to the twitter lords

    Also NUFC are apparently very keen on him. Played 20+ games for the team this season (decent team as well in that league)

  • Toonbyblood

    Apr 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    dmac@2: I think Ed’s been talking Ba’s impending transfer up more than Ba.

    The Chronicle was as well.

    Totally destabalizing at this time of year to put these reports out based on Jack.

    All it does is get everyone talking about it, which then turns into self forfilling prophecy a la Carroll.

    Stupid. Wish people would wake up.

  • Oleg G

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    2 things.

    1. Reading between the lines, he wants out. Otherwise he would not be talking about it publicly.

    2. Who said that PSG will even want him? He is not the best striker in the world and they have all the money in the world. They can get anyone. There is a chance of 1 in 50, maybe, that he will be on their list.

  • ballerfan2

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    I can’t believe the people who seem to want to have a go at Demba. Could it not be possible that he is just suffering a dip in form just now, rather than his head not being in it? That would also explain his frustration – with himself for not being able to do his best for the club where he obviously enjoys his football. His first touch reminds me very much of the early days of the season where he appeared as though he couldn’t trap a bag of cement. Contrast this with his sparkling form of mid season where he would pull balls down from anywhere.
    I think fans are imaging things that don’t exist. He seems a great lad and a great player who has had a brilliant season for us having the major impact in getting us to where we are right now. Don’t forget that, people and cut him some slack. The grin on his face will be back soon I have no doubt.

  • ballerfan2

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Oleg G – could it not be that he is talking about it because we are – constantly? If he said nothing the same people would be saying that it was proof that something was afoot.

  • Oleg G

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    ballerfan2 // Apr 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    We? Who? the fans? He is a pro. He says what is good for him. Not effected so much by the fans. He is not a little kid.

    I think that where there is smoke, there is fire.
    Maybe not a big fire, but there is something.

    Cannot ignore the fact that he looks unsettled now and I would expect him to go and play and be quiet, and say that he is loyal. If he talks like this about it, then, well, he will not say no if the opportunity comes.

  • drRichtig

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    I still don’t believe that he has this release clause in his contract in the first place…

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Can’t blame anyone who wants to play for their home town club. Let’s hope they don’t pursue him.

  • Sav

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Ed, assuming this is all true ( release clauses and PSG interest) why would Demba Ba sign a new deal at Newcastle removing the clause?
    This IS the real world. And if Newcastle got 3 million or whatever it is for Ba, we’d still have to concede it has been a good deal for us – 16 goals for chickenfeed…

  • Andrew M

    Apr 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Whoever thinks that Demba Ba is staying in the summer is kidding themselves. He was exceptional in the first half of the season (after Van Persie, easily the second best centre forward in the league), and teams that can blow out of the water the wages Newcastle can offer are circling. We can’t compete, so he’s going, end of story.

    Furthermore, whoever thinks that he’s going to sign a new contract without the GBP7 mn release clause is also kidding themselves. Why on earth would he or, more importantly, his agent, do that? If you’re PSG, you have a budget you’re willing to pay to get Ba. That budget is split between the transfer fee, wages over the course of the contract, player signing fee and agent fees. Given that it is a finite amount of money, if Ba lets Newcastle write out that clause, the transfer fee will go up considerably, and in this zero sum game, that means the other parts — that parts that actually matter to Ba and Mr 20% — will go down commensurately. He’s simply not going to do us that kind of favour. The sooner we accept that, the easier it will be to deal with when he inevitably goes for GBP7 mn.

  • nufc_123

    Apr 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #19

    In no way do i want Demba to leave but if he did leave, based on our current squad, is this really that bad of a team for next season: –

    Simpson Colo Saylor Santon
    Tiote Cabaye Guthrie
    HBA Cisse Jonas

    I’d be gutted if he left, but lets face it there’s no point getting angry about the supposed £7 million buy out clause because when we signed him that was probably a more than fair valuation, and if he doesn’t want to sign a new deal there’s nothing that can be done about it. While Demba is here though he may as well get back to his goal scoring form and fire us into the Champions League. HTL


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