Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Supermac: You May Regret It If You Leave Mgpies for money,Ba; as United Striker Mulls over His Future, Magpies Legend Macdonald Delivers a Warning of the Huge Risks Involved

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Supermac: You May Regret It If You Leave Mgpies for money,Ba; as United Striker Mulls over His Future, Magpies Legend Macdonald Delivers a Warning of the Huge Risks Involved

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Byline: LEE RYDER

NEWCASTLE United legend Malcolm Macdonald has warned Demba Ba he could regret quitting the Magpies forever if he opts to chase "the money" this summer. Supermac feels that the United faithful are entitled to an explanation from the 16-goal top scorer after a summer of speculation linking him with clubs both abroad and in the Premier League.

The former No 9 - who netted 138 goals in 258 appearances for the black and whites - feels that Ba's performances in the second half of the campaign were clouded by the uncertainty surrounding his future.

And he has urged the Senegal star to remain on Tyneside to allow his partnership to flourish with Papiss Cisse and spearhead United's European bid - or stop prolonging the agony for Toon fans.

Macdonald told the Chronicle in a no-holdsbarred interview: "The Newcastle fans deserve to know what his plans are.

"The real fans are entitled to that at least.

"If he is going to carry on like this then to me it shows his only desire seems to be purely and simply money.

"If he is chasing money and not success that's a sad situation because if you are successful the money and the other rewards will come to you anyway. "Signing big and better contracts is just the lazy way of doing it." Ba has a release clause in his contract that could see him leave for a minimum fee, but the move would trigger a lucrative deal from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur or oil-rich Paris St-Germain that won't be matched by the Magpies.

Macdonald believes that Newcastle followers know the score surrounding the background of Ba's predicament.

He says: "Newcastle fans are knowledgeable enough to know that it won't all be down to money. "They are aware he has a degenerative knee and that his next move could be important for him in the long-term.

"But if that is going to be clouding him for the rest of his Newcastle days and it means he might not be able to give his full focus and his very best for the club, then maybe it is better he goes now anyway. …

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