Demba Ba attempts to draw a line under Newcastle exit talk

MATCH-WINNER ... Demba Ba celebrates with Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Demba Cisse after scoring Newcastle's winner against Norwich.
MATCH-WINNER ... Demba Ba celebrates with Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Demba Cisse after scoring Newcastle's winner against Norwich.
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DEMBA Ba has moved to draw a line under speculation about his Newcastle United future.

Ba scored the only goal of yesterday’s game against Norwich City at St James’s Park.

The future of the striker – who came off the bench to score twice in the 2-2 draw against Everton a week ago–- had been the subject of intense discussion after his agent hinted he was becoming unsettled at the club.

Ba has another £7m release clause in his deal which could be activated in January.

Last week’s events concerned United’s hierarchy, who fear his name will again be touted around Europe ahead of the next transfer window.

While speculation about his future isn’t going to go away given the complexities of his contract, Ba – who has apologised to Pardew for his representative’s inflammatory comments – insists he’s only focused on adding to his four Premier League goals.

And for the moment he’s keen to let his feet do the talking.

“The best time to do your talking is during the 90 minutes,” Ba told the Gazette.

“That’s exactly it – that is what football is about.

“It should be played on the pitch when it’s 11 versus 11.”

Ba beat John Ruddy in the 20th minute after the outstanding Hatem Ben Arfa found him with a perfectly-weighted pass which split the Norwich defence.

“I’m delighted,” added Ba. “To have a win and a goal is great for me.

“It was a great pass from Hatem, and to get three points as well means you can’t ask for any more.”

Ba could have left the field having scored two goals, but captain Jonas Gutierrez delegated out-of-sorts Papiss Demba Cisse to take a penalty late in the first half after Mike Williamson was fouled.

However, Cisse put his spot kick over the bar, and Newcastle had to endure an uncomfortable second half.

“It could have made it easier,” said Ba. “But we are a team, and we wanted Papiss to get going – that’s all.

“Jonas came up with the idea, but unfortunately he missed it.

“The three points were the most important thing.

“We know (Cisse) will come good, he just has to find his way back to the goal. He will continue to work After that, it is in the hands of God.

“Who knows what is going to happen for him and for us in the future?”

Meanwhile, Pardew has spoken to Ba’s agent, Alex Gontran, to clarify the comments he made to BBC Sport.

“I spoke to his agent, who sent me an email saying he got mis-quoted,” he said.

“I actually believe him. I’m not usually one to believe agents that much, but I do believe him on this occasion.

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