ALAN Pardew has held clear-the-air talks with Newcastle United striker Demba Ba.
Ba – who will be available for £7.5m in January’s transfer window because of a release clause in his contract – gave an interview to a French TV station.
And the 27-year-old was quoted talking about Arsenal, one of the clubs credited with an interest in him.
However, United have had the interview translated, and there will be no disciplinary measure taken against him, contrary to one report.
And Pardew has also held a meeting with the Senegal international, who netted his 11th goal of the season in last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City.
“I think the most important thing with Demba is that he’s a goalscorer, and he’s scoring goals,” said Pardew today.
“I’ve had to (speak to Demba). The quotes in England weren’t correct. They were unfair on Demba, and unfair on us.
“There’ll be no disciplinary procedure against him.
“The most important thing in that conversation was about turning the situation around.
“I’ve got no problem with anything he said in that interview.”
Pardew, however, could not offer Newcastle fans any assurances that Ba will still be at the club in February given his complex contractual sitatuation.
“Unfortunately, the contract he has leaves it open, and I have to answer these questions,” he added.
“I think he’d be disappointed to leave in this window. But the decision will ultimately be his.”