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Ba finds rumours ‘funny’

MARKSMAN: Ba

NEWCASTLE UNITED striker Demba Ba has described the rumours linking him with a move away from Tyneside as ‘funny’.

After it was leaked that Ba had a £7m release clause in his contract, there was huge speculation about his future and the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham were all believed to be chasing his signature.

The Senegal international scored his sixteenth Premier League goal of the season on Sunday (February 5) in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa and he reiterated that he is happy at the Sports Direct Arena:

“I never talked to anyone to say I wanted to leave. I was just listening to people saying: 'He's going there, he's going there, he's going there' and I had a big smile on my face. It was funny to me.

"The most important thing is being happy with your football and I am happy here.”

Compatriot Papiss Demba Cisse got the winner against Villa on his debut and Ba revealed that he had no problem letting him take the legendary number nine shirt:

“I always said that I wanted to keep my number [19]. He [Alan Pardew] asked me if I didn’t mind it going to him [Cisse]. I said just give it to him if it helps to sign him.


NUMBER NINE: Cisse

“I have told him everything about the number nine shirt, but I have also said it is just a number. He is a very quiet guy. All the fuss and hype will not affect him.”

The Magpies’ top scorer also added that he had high hopes for the rest of the season with the team currently just one point off fourth placed Chelsea:

“I look at the table and think 'Fifth? Woah!’ We just need to continue our road, continue doing what we're doing this season and see where we are in the end.

"We need to keep our focus but as long as we do that, we'll have some very good games. I don't want to talk about exactly where we'll finish because it depends on a lot of things but as long as we keep going we'll be a dangerous side."

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