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Martins: All of Nigeria want me to quit Newcastle

Obafemi Martins has revealed he's under huge pressure from Nigeria to quit Newcastle United.

But Martins insists he feels at home with Toon and wants to stay on Tyneside next season. He told the Observer: "Actually people say that all the time.

"In Nigeria they are calling me, they are asking if I will sign a new contract. They say I should just go away, there are a lot of better teams. But they don't understand; if you feel passion for a team, even if they have problems you have to help them out. For now I'm still playing here. For now."

Martins purses his lips carefully.

"They say this because I miss playing Champions League as well, but a lot of players here at Newcastle have played Champions League. It's not only me. We're here now, we have to deal with it and try to help each other. That's the way I'm thinking."

Back in Nigeria, people are less understanding. Who are Newcastle compared to the club suitors who have come knocking for Martins' signature?

"Most Nigerians support Arsenal, or Chelsea, Manchester United or Liverpool. That's why people always say to me, 'What are you doing there? I really don't understand why you're at Newcastle, go to Arsenal!' I'm like, leave my team alone please! You cannot imagine how they are disturbing me in Nigeria."

He glances at his agent, who also has family in Nigeria, and laughs knowingly.

"Never mind," says Martins, "because I'm at Newcastle and Nigerians love me a lot. They've started supporting Newcastle now. Even the Arsenal supporters will try and put themselves half-half, because of me. That makes me very happy."

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