Date: 5th July 2012 at 8:20pm
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Demba Ba v VillaSome people said it would never happen, but Demba Ba has returned to Newcastle United for pre-season training!

The Newcastle striker has been subject of many a transfer rumour linking him with an exit from the club, whether it be in regards to a move to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Liverpool, Galatasaray or any other club for that matter.

The 27-year-old is widely known to have an escape clause in his contract, allowing him to move to another club this summer for a cut-down fee.

Ba, however, seems to have no intention of leaving, and went about setting the record straight with Newcastle fans on Twitter.

Demba Ba Tweeted: “Holla back everybody. So much stuff about me lately. Rumours are rumours! Just forget about it. By the way i had the best holiday ever!!” (He went on holiday to Mecca, just in case you’re wondering).

While it is not a certainty that he will stay at Newcastle and this won’t stop clubs sniffing around, it does show that Ba himself is happy on Tyneside, and why wouldn’t he be!

One thing he is sad about though, is that his fellow Newcastle strike partner Leon Best has departed the north-east to join Championship club Blackburn Rovers.

Ba’s latest Tweet states: “I’m sad to see leon best leaving… I wish him all the best! What a good man he is…”

Hopefully this means that Demba Ba won’t be following Best out of the St James’ Park exit door, as here he is partaking in Newcastle’s pre-season training…


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