DEMBA Ba has abandoned the Newcastle United ship with the blessing of his former team-mates, according to Tim Krul. Manager Alan Pardew does not thinks others will follow.
The striker has exploited a release clause in his contract to join European champions Chelsea for a bargain price.
Krul said: “Listen, fair play to the lad for going to Chelsea.
“He has done magnificently for us and he deserves his move to Chelsea.
“We knew it was hanging over us anyway. As long as we bring in a good replacement, that’s the most important thing.
“I just want to say I’m pleased for him. He’s been massive for us.”
Almost Ba’s entire Newcastle career has been a will-he, won’t-he affair since joining on a free transfer from West Ham United in the summer of 2011.
Manager Pardew (pictured right) was relieved to end the uncertainty and does not think it will open any floodgates.
He said: “It was disruptive in terms of its timing for the Everton game but I couldn’t fault the players’ attitude and commitment and the way they performed.
“There was so much concern over Demba and it’s difficult for the players because they are in the dark a little bit as I was.
“Demba really didn’t give too much away and that’s his right.
“We didn’t know if he was going to go at the start or the end of the transfer window or if he was going to go at all.
“I look round the team now and we do not have that situation with any other of the players, so in terms of keeping our best players we all know where we are.
“They are all on long-term contracts and I don’t see any of them leaving in this window.”
Newcastle must now concentrate on recapturing last season’s form.
Krul (pictured far left) thinks luck has been the biggest factor in their downturn. He cited a James Perch shot against Everton on Wednesday.
The Dutchman added: “If the ball against the post goes in we are 2-0 up. They are little things but they are massive things.
“The last two games we’ve played fantastic but we’ve just conceded too many goals.
“It hurts me a lot. I cannot get my head around those sort of things.”