Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed to The Independent that there is no sign his star striker Demba Ba wants to leave the North East, despite speculation otherwise.
The Senegalese striker is currently available to leave St James Park by the end of July for as little as £7 million due to a release clause in his contract, but Pardew insists his form in pre-season training suggests he’s going nowhere.
Ba started last season fantastically, taking the Premier League by storm before being outshone by strike partner Pappiss Cisse upon his return from the African Cup of Nations in January.
Speculation towards the end of the season linked Demba Ba to moves elsewhere in the forms of Liverpool, Manchester United and Galatasary, but his boss announced; ‘He has a contract to Newcastle and is loved here. I genuinely don’t see a situation where he wants to move on.’
Ba himself even took to social networking site Twitter last week to deny any rumours linking him elsewhere; ‘So much stuff about me lately. Rumours are rumours! Just forget about it.’
Having already sold strikers Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best this summer, Newcastle are not ready to say goodbye to Demba Ba just yet.