Transfer news

Ba reaffirms Toon commitment

July 27, 2012
By ESPN staff

Demba Ba has reiterated his commitment to Newcastle United amid fresh speculation over his future on Tyneside.

Demba Ba
PA PhotosDemba Ba: Reportedly in-demand

• Ba happy at Newcastle

Ba, 27, enjoyed a prolific debut season at Newcastle, scoring 16 goals in 34 Premier League appearances after joining the club on a free transfer last summer.

The latest sides to be linked with the Senegal international are Liverpool and Russian side Rubin Kazan, with reports suggesting the forward's alleged £7.5 million release clause expires in four days.

Ba, however, told The Journal: "I don't care what is being said. I think is part of the game. However, I have never said anything other than I love being at Newcastle.

"If they hear something from me about my future, that is the truth. Otherwise everything that is said is not true.

"The newspapers and I are not very friendly at the moment. For months and months and months people have been talking about me but there is nothing happening.

"Of course, I am looking forward to next season with Newcastle. We just have to build on the progress we made last season. For me, I just can't wait to start the first game."