Former Newcastle left-back Olivier Bernard was a good player for Newcastle during Bobby Robson’s reign, but the Frenchman had to retire as a young player still in his late 20s because of injury, and he’s now doing some great work for Show Racism the Red Card, and is doing good work for race relations in general.
Olivier Bernard – while at Newcastle
The local papers are reporting today that Demba Ba is upset at news about him not wanting to sign a new deal at Newcastle, and to be fair to the 27 year-old he’s been a fantastic player for Newcastle since he arrived last year – and he seems a great guy too – and that’s some of the reasons we’d love for the player to stay on Tyneside.
This is what Bernard told the Evening Chronicle today about Ba:
“At no point would I be worried that Demba will leave the club.” “It’s not like him, unless Newcastle are selling him.” “If they get another £35M then I suppose they would sell him.”
“In terms of the man’s commitment there should not be any worries because he’s fully committed to the club.” “We can see that week in, week out. On the pitch he has been top-class. He’s shown commitment and to his team-mates.”
“There’s always a lot of speculation when it comes to Demba Ba.” “He’s the number 1 at Newcastle at the minute.” “I don’t think he will go anywhere in January. He’s too settled to leave Newcastle right now.”
“I don’t think it would be until the end of the season – if it happens at all.” “I firmly believe he is well settled and wouldn’t risk leaving this winter.” “I hope he stays because he is vital for the team.” “There have been a few injuries and he is the one holding things together.”
We’d love for Demba to end all the speculation about his future and possibly leaving Newcastle in January – and sign a new deal.
And when that comes (if it comes) it will be great day for Newcastle United – there’s no doubt about that.
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