Newcastle striker Demba Ba has come out today, before Newcastle’s most important game for years against Manchester City at St. James’ Park, and said he does not want to leave Newcastle.
Demba Ba – I love Newcastle fans
That’s very good news, and in fact he has come out and said he loves Newcastle fans, and the feeling is mutual, to be sure.
There are reports this morning that Manchester United may be after the Senegal striker, but in our report on that, we mention there seems to be very little basis for the story.
In today’s Sun, this is what the 26 year-old striker said:
“Manchester City are in for a tough afternoon, because we’re determined to win the game and boost our chances of Champions League football.”
“I have said to the Newcastle supporters that I have not forgotten how to score goals and the next one will arrive with a huge celebration.”
“The rumors about me leaving have no basis. Nobody has said they are not counting on being without me next season.”
“I love the Newcastle fans. Since the day I arrived they have shown me nothing but support, so why would I walk away from that?”
“I have never said I wanted to leave.” “We’re going to try and get the win. Not for Manchester United, not against Manchester City, but for us.”
“I accept my spell of bad luck is unusual but I haven’t become obsessed with it. “I know I will score eventually and the goals could come in any of the two remaining games.”
“I would love to bring the drought to an end against Manchester City today.”
Great words there from the Newcastle number 19, who is of course extremely popular on Tyneside.
And Newcastle have a wonderful chance this afternoon to go above Arsenal in the league table, if we can get the 3 points this afternoon.
We have lost no confidence in Demba Ba at all, and he has been doing a great job for Newcastle, even though his Senegal team-mate Papiss Cisse has been scoring all the goals recently.
It’s more difficult to score goals from the left wing, but we have a sneaking suspicion that Ba will get on the goals trail in the last two games of the season.
Maybe he will score the winner today?