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Demba Ba To PSG?

12 years ago

French radio station RMC broadcast an interview with Demba Ba on 8 January, our French correspondent ‘Pierre’ translates.

Demba Ba is Ambassador of futsal tournament ‘Little Princes’ which took place this weekend in Paris. Demba Ba is once again playing in the Premier League in the shirt of Newcastle. He also mentioned an interest in PSG that he has always supported.

Demba, you shine now in Newcastle. How have you settled, especially with the Magpies’ French players?

Very well. Hatem Ben Harfa is a joker, he likes to have a laugh. He is someone who is endearing. Until now, we have only had good moments and I hope it will continue.  Yohan Cabaye and me get on very very well too, and he is in top form at the moment. Gabriel Obertan is being a hit on the wing. It is really happening this year.

Why did you arrive late in the game?

I had many trials and nothing has ever really happened. I may not have been good enough when I was young. There are advantages and disadvantages. Today I’m like a kid every time I go on the pitch because I have played a lot less than others. I took advantage of my youth. I have always been with the people I love and I have always had a good time. Also when you’re young, you’re constantly in competitions, and it is wearing. On the other hand, I have not learned the techniques and tactics taught in a school of excellence. I have spent a lot of time watching many people, and that’s how I learned.

PSG began a recruitment drive considered surreal. Can you join this club?

Yes why not, it is possible. I have always supported PSG. Then it’s a club that is attractive too. However, it will be difficult to do that in January. I feel good at Newcastle, the fans like me. And then the transfer market will be closed when I come back from the Africa Cup of Nations, so I am not focussing on this. My first objective is the Africa Cup of Nations and to achieve a good result. I then want to continue to play good matches with Newcastle. We have started something, and I’d like to go all the way.

Predictably, the last part of this short interview got mentioned in the odd place, with regard to being interested in playing for PSG.

We’ve seen it all before in terms of foreign players talking to the media back in the home country which then ends up being turned into sexy headlines via differences in how language/phrasing  is used in different countries.

I take his comments to mean that PSG is his hometown club and he would love to play for them one day but is happy at Newcastle and wants to keep on playing here.

We will continue to bang the drum though, Newcastle need to show ambition and that means building the team/squad via the transfer market. A team going places is the surefire way to keep a diamond like Demba Ba at your club.


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