Alan Pardew claims rift is blown out of proportion

Newcastle United striker Demba BaAlan Pardew believes there is no issue between himself and Demba Ba, despite his decision to drop the striker against Everton seemingly sparked a public fall-out.

Newcastle boss, Pardew claims Ba’a agent was misquoted in the row and all is fine on Tyneside as the¬†Senegalese frontman scored in the Geordies’ 1-0 win over Norwich.

Stories broke last week that Ba’s agent Alex Gontran had claimed his client would leave Newcastle if not regularly starting, but the ex West Ham boss claims this is untrue. The 51 year old said to The Journal, “Demba lead from start to finish, not just his goal, in the dressing room.

“Everything about him was top drawer. There has been so much nonsense written about it. I spoke to his agent, who sent me an email saying he got misquoted and I actually believe him. I’m not usually one to believe agents that much, but I do on this¬†occasion.

“I think Demba’s anger has been generated in the right way to improve for Newcastle United and there’s no way Demba can play every game for Newcastle United this season.”