Ba thanks fans but doesn't re-assure them on future

DEMBA Ba has thanked Newcastle United’s fans for their support in an “amazing” season.

DEMBA Ba has thanked Newcastle United’s fans for their support in an “amazing” season.

But in an interview posted on Youtube on Friday evening he failed to address the questions swirling around his future.

The Senegal striker was upbeat and positive about the club, his team-mates and the supporters who took him to their hearts during a terrific debut season on Tyneside.

Anyone looking for clues on where his future lies would have been disappointed, however, as the forward preferred to concentrate on more prosaic matters. “The season has been very good for the whole club, the whole city and for me personally I had a very good season,” he said.

“I scored 16 goals in half a season – plus we play in the Europa League next season so we’re very happy.

“We were there at the end, fifth place and the Europa League – it’s amazing.”

The video was flagged up by Ba’s brother Hamady on Twitter, and the striker made sure that he took time to praise supporters.

He said: “These fans are just amazing. Some of the best fans I’ve seen so far and one of the best stadiums I’ve played in. I just want to thank them for the season.”

Ba admitted his goalscoring form suffered after being moved to the left of a three-man strike-force but tempered that by saying he enjoyed being part of the Newcastle squad.

“The second half of the season was less prolific for me because I was put on the left wing. We won a lot of games like this and everybody was very happy,” he said. “I am very happy with the people I am playing with, with the national team and Newcastle.

“They are two groups of people I like being with outside of football. Yohan and Hatem are two people I like being with outside of football.”


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