Demba Ba – ‘Loves It At Newcastle & Works So Cisse Can Score’

A recent interview by Demba Ba with French TV station Canal+ has grabbed plenty of headlines.

One of the spins, or lost in translation….was that Ba was hoping to move to PSG. The truth is that all of his comments relating to PSG are a bit like Alan Shearer when he was at Southampton – ‘Boyhood team, would love to play for them one day blah blah blah’. Yes Shearer did end up with us of course but back then it would have been the last thought in his head.

Thanks to our French correspondent Pierre, yet again, who has kindly translated both the introduction to the programme and what Demba actually had to say.

He couldn’t be more positive about Newcastle United, love it!!!

Tuesday, April 10 on Canal + Sport, Thouroude Thomas and his team welcome a prestigious guest: Demba Ba. Newcastle striker, revelation of the Premier League this season.

Demba Ba is one of the big revelations of the Premier League this season.  On PSG’s list for the next summer transfer window, Newcastle striker has admitted carrying in the capital club in his heart before discarding the hypothesis of going there this summer.

“I work in order to score goals but also so Papiss can score. The coach told me he would put me on the left. And for the team I thought let’s do it. And also I know the qualities of Papiss as  a finisher and it does not bother me at all. 

As a striker you like to be in the striking position but now the coach has made a decision. He has decided for Papiss to be there. I do what I have to do to balance the formation and for the good of the team. If I can be in the finishing area I do everything to be there, if I cannot, we do the work for Papiss. I like to be up front but lately the coach has decided to play with three strikers and I do not mind playing on the side and in the finishing area I try to be there even when we have the ball but these days it is Papiss who scores all the goals and I work in order to score goals but I also work  so Papiss can score.   

If I score that’s great but if I don’t score there is someone else who does.

It’s always a dream for me to play one day at PSG, but I’m really happy where I am in Newcastle and the English league suits me perfectly. I always loved the PSG anyway. I just saw them beat Marseille at Yohan Cabaye ‘s place last Sunday. But since I joined Newcastle, I have rediscovered the feeling I had when I was a young boy  and when I played on the pitches at the bottom of the street”.

Watch the full interview (in French!) here