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Alan Pardew: Demba Ba must break silence on his future

ALAN Pardew has urged Demba Ba to make a personal statement clarifying his Newcastle United future after admitting the feverish speculation surrounding the club’s top scorer is unfair on supporters.

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba

ALAN Pardew has urged Demba Ba to make a personal statement clarifying his Newcastle United future after admitting the feverish speculation surrounding the club’s top scorer is unfair on supporters.

A whirlwind 24 hours for United has seen them agree a deal for Mathieu Debuchy, while Ba’s intentions in January remain unclear after a move to Chelsea was apparently torpedoed before it had ever really got off the ground.

Pardew insists Ba will play against Everton tomorrow and that, as of the first day of the transfer window, there has not been one formal offer for the striker. He also said that the £60,000-a-week contract offer that Newcastle made to him several weeks ago remains on the table – although it will be withdrawn soon.

It is clear that Newcastle do not want the situation to drag on into the middle of January and Pardew’s frustration at the speculation and the tactics of Ba’s agents, if not the individual, is clearly mounting.

“I think it’s difficult for our fans to really feel that Demba is solid with the team and everything else that’s going on,” Pardew admitted.

“When he’s played he’s never represented that, he’s always represented his full commitment to the team and I do think he’s slightly becoming a victim of a few sharks around him. But having said that our fans want loyalty. This is a big club and I think perhaps he needs to make a statement at some point.

“I do feel that for our fans, he needs to give a message of some description. We’re in an important stage of the season for us. We had a terrible result against Arsenal, we need to turn that around.”

Pardew has been reticent to blame Ba for the speculation that has periodically flared up around the Senegal striker, and with his 13 goals so far this season, it does not appear to have affected his form. Again, the manager said that many of those being quoted or feeding information to the media are not actually directly employed by the striker, which has always been Ba’s line.

Going into the third successive window where Ba’s future is the major issue, though, the mood is shifting slightly. Pardew agreed with the suggestion that Ba himself could end the issues - and said that an early decision was required. “Correct, he could (end the speculation),” he said. “I think he needs, in this window, to make a decision fairly early. I think for everyone’s sake, most of all himself.

“Especially for our fans – they need to know he’s going to with us to the summer or not. We need to know as well, we need to make sure that we have a replacement ready if he leaves. And it will become more apparent if he leaves early.”

Pardew has by no means ruled out Ba staying at the club, insisting that the player may decide to stay.

“I still think that it’s even whether he will stay or go. In this window and in the situation we’re in, I’d like to think he will stay. But that will be his decision,” he said.

“There is (still a contract on the table). The situation with that is that it’s getting close to the point where we say no more. But the offer is still there.”

United intend to step up negotiations for Loïc Rémy after the weekend and want to sign the France international regardless of the conclusion to the long and drawn-out Ba saga.

By then they will have signed Mathieu Debuchy, who will arrive in Newcastle by the end of the week in a major January boost for United – who have seen Danny Simpson ruled out for four games with a broken toe. The United manager, understandably, was diplomatic but is clearly excited about the prospect of Debuchy joining his squad.

“A player of his quality and stature will boost everybody: our senior players, our staff, everybody. I hope we do bring in a player of that stature,” Pardew said.

Meanwhile, The Journal understands United have tabled an offer for Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, who plays for France Under-21s.

 

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