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Back to business for Ba


DEMBA BA wants to forget about Senegal’s disastrous African Cup of Nations exit and instead focus his energies on Newcastle United.

The Teranga Lions, one of the pre- tournament favourites, had a campaign to forget as they finished rock bottom of Group A after losing all their games.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had not been expecting his top scorer back until sometime next month but Ba, and new signing Papiss Demba Cisse, could go straight into the squad for Wednesday’s (February 1) clash against Blackburn.

Ba, who has scored 15 premier league goals so far this season, wants to put the disappointing defeats to Zambia, Equatorial Guinea and Libya behind him.

“It’s happened so we just have to forget about it. We’re going to go back there, play our games and make everything possible for Newcastle because the rest of the season is now for Newcastle and we are going to do everything for them. We must forget about everything that has happened here.”


The 26-year-old was also full of praise for his international team-mate and the club’s £10m new addition Cisse.

The former SC Freiburg striker scored 39 goals in 65 appearances during his two years at the Bundesliga side and Ba described him as a ‘proper goalscorer’:

“It’s a good signing for Newcastle, he’s going to help us achieve something we want to achieve. He is a proper goalscorer so he is going to help us to win even better.”

As for his own future, he admitted that he didn’t ‘have a clue’ is to whether there would be any deadline day move.

Speculation that the French-born star would move on became rife when it was revealed he had a buy-out clause for less than £10m and Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs believed to be interested.

However, Ba brushed this off, stating:

“My position is still the same. It hasn’t changed, I am just going back there and I will play the rest of the season hopefully as well as I played before.”

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