We are counting the days now to when Demba Ba’s release clause in his contract, said to be for £7M, is set to expire, which is at the end of this month, and that is midnight this coming Tuesday – which is 115 hours and 2 minutes away – approximately.
Demba Ba – great action shot of Newcastle striker
But Demba Ba has given Newcastle fans some good news today, from Newcastle’s Algarve training base in Portugal, and he has again rejected news that he is seeking to move away from Tyneside.
On Tuesday, there was news that Russian club Rubin Kazan were willing to offer him big bucks to move to Russia, but that turned out to be a made-up news in the press – that was a surprise because that usually doesn’t happen. 😀
Ba has looked in good form in the last two pre-season games for Newcastle, and he looks very fit and sharp, and he is expected to play tonight against Olympiacos, which has an 8:45 pm local KO time, and the Senegal striker had this to say yesterday, after a brief training spell in Portugal:
“I don’t care what is being said. I think it is part of the game,” “However, I have never said anything other than I love being at Newcastle.” “If they hear something from me about my future, that is the truth. Otherwise everything that is said is not true.”
“The newspapers and I are not very friendly at the moment. For months and months and months people have been talking about me but there is nothing happening.” “Of course, I am looking forward to next season with Newcastle.”
“We just have to build on the progress we made last season. For me, I just can’t wait to start the first game.” “We have to complete our preparation and we have two very important games where almost every player will get 90 minutes.
“It is intense over here, even in training.” “However, we will enjoy it and of course it is always better to work when the weather is hot.”
Demba Ba has started Ramadan, when he fasts during daylight hours, so we’ll have to see if that has any effect on him, and on Papiss Cisse too, who is also a devout Muslim.
If we look back at what Demba Ba has said over the summer about that release clause in his contract, he has been consistent in saying he wants to stay on Tyneside.
So when will we finally believe him?
At midnight next Tuesday night of course.
But it will be very good news that he’s still at Newcastle on Wednesday morning, and having Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front for Newcastle next season – should be awesome.
And Newcastle’s two top Senegal strikers are very popular on Tyneside too, with Papiss finding it difficult to even take a haircut, when he needs one.
What do you think?