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Martins pledges Magpies stay

27 Jul 2007 - 13:51:39

Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins has pledged his future to the Magpies after a summer of rumours suggesting he could be leaving Tyneside.

The 22-year-old Nigeria international had been linked with both Arsenal and Juventus, but Martins said after the 4-1 friendly win over Celtic that an exit was not on the cards.

He told the club's official website: "I will keep my mouth shut. I am not going anywhere, I am still a Newcastle player.

"I am very, very happy here, so I am not going anywhere."

Meanwhile, Magpies boss Sam Allardyce has challenged Spanish forward Albert Luque to keep up the good work after he scored twice in the victory over the Bhoys.

"It was strange to see Albert at Newcastle and never playing," Allardyce told The Journal. "It has been my job as manager to find out why.

"At the moment I'm just trying to get him fitter.

"If we can get him fitter, he will feel better physically, then he will feel better mentally and we will see the skills that Albert Luque can produce more often."

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