Ba Contract Clause Still Active As Pardew Targets Agent
In the build-up to our game in Madeira, Alan Pardew has surprisingly taken the opportunity to reveal that Demba Ba’s contract clause (widely believed to be a £7m buyout) is still active, rather than having ran out in the transfer window as was reported.
Speaking to journalists ahead of the Maritimo match this is what the manager had to say;
“The situation with him (Demba Ba) is ongoing in terms of his contract, as there is that clause in there and it makes us vulnerable. It is still open, the clause, in the next transfer window.
Sometimes you have to be honest and I don’t think Demba has played particularly well, I don’t think Papiss Cisse has either, so Papiss might miss out next time.. Hopefully we will get a reaction from him too.
At any of the top clubs you see the same thing, Robin Van Persie has missed some big games at Manchester United, it is about what is best for the team”.
I hardly need tell you not to believe everything you read in the papers and it would be interesting to follow the trail back to where exactly the clause disappearing ‘story’ came from but for the here and now, why has Alan Pardew put this in the public arena at this point?
In the summer I think most fans read the situation as follows; Demba Ba was happy to stay but the ‘people around him’ were actively trying to engineer a move due to money (for them!) that would be generated by a sale, throughout the summer the player didn’t do anything to suggest he was looking to move. In fact when Ba returned from his summer break he was keen to rubbish any claims that he was going to move.
Maybe what Alan Pardew also said yesterday tells us why he has spoken out now;
“I’ve told Demba I was disappointed with some of the comments around him but I will not let the words of anyone affect what I consider to be my good relationship with the player. I just think the agent stuff was people saying things they shouldn’t say”.
However, the other part of the equation appears to be the agent(s) taking advantage of this to try and force a move elsewhere to activate their contract clause cash.
Not for the first time I think Alan Pardew is cleverly using the press to get this out into the open and that the big problem is with the people around Demba Ba and not the player himself.
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