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Birmingham City new boy Obafemi Martins has revealed he is still hurting from his Newcastle exit, insisting he was forced out of the club when they were relegated.

Birmingham signed Martins, 26, on a six-month loan from Rubin Kazan and the striker made his Blues debut during the 1-0 win against Stoke on Saturday. The Nigerian forward is likely to feature in Tuesday's Premier League clash against his former club Newcastle, and the player, who left the Magpies for German club Wolfsburg in a £9 million deal in 2009, has confessed he is still coming to terms with his St James' Park departure. "The only bad memory we had was when we got relegated," he said in the Daily Telegraph. "It was normal when I left because they couldn't afford the money, that's why they asked me to go. I have good memories of there with the fans and the players. We had good players but things weren't right. "We kept asking ourselves, 'Why are we relegated?' and we don't even know ourselves why we were relegated. We don't know what was wrong with the team. There was a problem with the chairman [Mike Ashley], who we didn't know whether he was going to stay or sell. Alan Shearer tried to save the team but he didn't and it was a sad story. "It was definitely the lowest point of my career and it affected me because when I went to Germany my profile was lower and they knew my team had got relegated. "It is not a good thing but you have to continue and take pressure. It was painful when we got relegated. Just because I left there that wasn't it, it was painful for about six or seven months because I was still thinking how we got relegated. But I am very happy they are back in the Premier League."

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