Newcastle striker Demba Ba has emphatically quashed rumours that he’s on his way out of Newcastle United in the summer.
The 16-goal frontman has been the subject of constant speculation, with reports of a £7m release clause in his current contract.
Toon fans have seen Ba destroy Premier League defences this season – and the 26-year old has told them to expect more goals from him and Senegalese pal Papiss Cisse.
In today’s Sun newspaper, Ba reveals that love from the Toon Army has won him over.
“The rumours 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 want to leave.”
Newcastle are 5th in the Premier League and face Manchester City in a crunch game today, as the the race for Champions League and the title intensifies.
Ba knows that a win over City will help their Manchester rivals, United in the title race. However, the former West Ham striker is keen to stress that any positive result will be for Newcastle United first.
“We’re going to try and get the win. Not for [Manchester] United, not against [Manchester] City but for us.”
“[Manchester] City are in for a tough afternoon because we’re determined to win the game and boost our chances of Champions League football.”
Ba is also looking to get back on the scoresheet after an unexpected goal drought:
“I know I will score eventually and they [the goals] could come in any of the two remaining games.
“I would love to bring it [the drought] to an end against Manchester City today.”
Newcastle’s final home game of the season against City is a 1.30pm kick off. There is live televised coverage in the UK on Sky Sports.
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