Demba Ba thanked for his ‘loyalty’ – You couldn’t make it up
Demba Ba has a new club, the former Newcastle player moving back to the Turkish league.
As we reported yesterday (see below), Istanbul Basaksehir is his new destination.
However, after initially being reported to be a loan deal, last night Shenhua revealed that Demba Ba had asked due to ‘personal reasons’ if he could be released early from his contract at the Chinese club.
The thing that really caught my eye was the Chinese club talking about Demba Ba’s ‘loyalty’ in the official statement (read below).
Tomorrow it will be exactly eight years since Demba Ba moved from Hoffenheim to West Ham for £2.5m, the striker insisting on a clause that meant he could leave for nothing if they were relegated that season.
Sure enough, the Hammers went down and Ba took advantage of that clause to join Newcastle on enhanced personal terms.
In a strong position he then insisted on a release clause of £7.5m in his Newcastle contract so he could walk away any time if a better prospect came along, which he did only 18 months later when Chelsea offered more money.
In this eight year period he has never been at any club longer than 18 months and has made 10 moves, including loan deals back and forth.
Demba Ba is definitely the best striker we have had in this Mike Ashley era, scoring 29 goals in 51 Premier League starts (plus 3 sub appearances).
Sadly chasing money rather than making the most of his ability was always his number one/only priority.
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua statement last night:
“We decided to respect his personal will and accept his proposal (of ending his contract early) after some discussion.
“Ba is loved by his teammates and fans for his modesty, great personality and loyalty.
“The club thank Ba for his contribution during the past few seasons and wish him all the best in future career and life.”
The Mag – Tuesday 22 January 2019:
Demba Ba was excellent for Newcastle United on the pitch but in pretty much his entire time on Tyneside, he was always said to be on the verge of leaving.
Having put a relegation clause into his contract when joining West Ham mid-season in January 2011, he hit the jackpot when they were relegated.
The clause meant he left for nothing and no doubt massively ramped up the signing on fee and wages when he joined Newcastle in June 2011.
Once again in a strong position, he then insisted on a £7.5m release clause, so Newcastle were powerless when Chelsea offered even more money 18 months later in January 2013.
Only 18 months later, Demba Ba was off yet again and has never stopped moving.
The striker racking up both air miles and cash.
Today (22 January 2019) he has found yet another new club, moving to Istanbul Basaksehir on loan from Shenhua.
His new club are top of the Turkish league but they are quite bizarre in many ways.
This is how they first gave a glimpse of their new signing…
This image was tweeted by Istanbul before they announced the signing of Demba Ba earlier. Right… pic.twitter.com/aVbMdce418
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) January 22, 2019
That isn’t the only bizarre thing about the club though, as Demba Ba becomes the 16th player in the Istanbul squad who is the wrong age of 30.
Just look at these players and imagine the wages they are paying some of them.
The daddy of them all in terms of age is former Newcastle midfielder Emre, he is 38 and has featured in 10 leagues games already this season:
Arda Turan (31)
Gael Clichy (33)
Emmanuel Adebayor (34)
Demba Ba (33)
Marcio Mossaro (35)
Volkan Babacan (30)
Alexandru Epureanu (32)
Alparslan Erdem (30)
Serdar Tasci (31)
Ugur Ucar (31)
Eljero Elia (31)
Mahmut Tekdemir (31)
Gokhan Inler (34)
Stefano Napoleoni (32)
Best of all, look at this very strange video the Turkish club posted to properly announce Demba Ba had arrived:
Demba Ba’s announcement video as he signs for Istanbul Basaksehir is a genuine work of art… pic.twitter.com/1yz3htDkMe
— 888sport (@888sport) January 22, 2019
Demba Ba moves (so far…) after joining Newcastle:
Newcastle United to Chelsea (£7.5m) 3 January 2013
Chelsea to Besiktas (£5m) 15 July 2014
Besiktas to Shenhua (£12m) 26 June 2015
Shenhua to Besitas (Loan) 30 January 2017
Besiktas to Shenhua (Return after loan) 31 May 2017
Shenhua to Goztepe (Free) 30 January 2018
Goztepe to Shenhua (Free) 17 June 2018
Shenhua to Istanbul Basaksehir (Loan) 22 January 2019
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