DEMBA Ba has not been carpeted by Newcastle United – but Alan Pardew admits the constant speculation surrounding the striker must be “annoying” for his team-mates.
The United boss said he would not be fining Ba (pictured left) for his unsanctioned interview with Canal+ in which he discussed United’s tactics and talked about his future, adding he felt the Senegal man had been misquoted.
The Journal was one of the newspapers to carry the quotes, which had been translated by a bilingual expert who is close to the original story. Pardew said he had “no problem” with anything in the interview – and contended most of the piece had been about trying to turn around Newcastle’s poor form.
Still, it created more headlines about Ba, who is vulnerable to January suitors because he has a £7.5million release clause inserted in his contract.
Pardew fielded more questions about the striker yesterday and admitted that it was tiresome to keep talking about it.
However, he does not blame the forward for that and insisted he did not have any reason to question his commitment or dedication to the black-and-white cause. Pardew said: “If I was a player here it would annoy me because it is constantly about Demba.
“If they pick up a paper it is all about Demba and we know it isn’t, but you know, it takes away some of the important issues we have.
“The important issues are making sure when our players play well they gain the reward for that.
“Demba scored last week again and I hope he scores two and I hope he gets the headlines, but I want a few others to get the headlines for the right reasons.
“However, you only get that if you win games.”
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