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Mourinho convinces Ba to stay

ESPN staff
May 23, 2014
Demba Ba scored vital goals for Chelsea towards the end of the season © Getty Images

Demba Ba claims he will still be a Chelsea player next season after revealing Jose Mourinho has told him he wants the striker to stay.

Ba had said he wanted to leave in April because he felt he was not being given the opportunity to become a first-team regular at the club. Along with Chelsea's other strikers, he was also criticised by the manager for a lack of success in front of goal.

However, Ba, who joined from Newcastle United for £7 million in January 2013, says he will remain at Chelsea - even though he is not completely confident about getting more playing time.

"Jose Mourinho has asked me to stay at Chelsea next season," Ba told the Daily Star.

"He assured me that my situation would change. I see this as my reward from God. I weighed up the pros and cons and will stay put to see what happens.

"I don't know whether my situation will improve, but with the coach's offer anything can happen. I want to play a lot of matches and I think that will be the case for me."

Ba scored the decisive goal for Chelsea to help them overcome Paris Saint-Germain and reach the Champions League semi-finals. The Senegal international also scored the opening goal in the 2-0 victory against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.

Ba was linked with a loan move to Arsenal last summer, but has revealed the reason why Mourinho decided to block the transfer.

"I was approached by Arsenal last August," he said. "But Mourinho refused to let me join them, as he said he didn't want to help a rival team to get stronger."

Chelsea finished third in the Premier League, four points behind champions Manchester City and, after losing to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, ended the season without a trophy.

Andre Schurrle says Mourinho - despite his protestations about making progress - was "not happy with the situation" and the German has called for his Chelsea team-mates to be "more ruthless" next term.

"We almost won two titles but in the end we finished with nothing," he said. "It all went wrong for us in one week. We drew at home to Norwich in the league and then we lost to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

"We lost the Premier League title because we didn't beat teams like Aston Villa, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

"We won against all of our title rivals but we didn't play well against the lower teams. Next season we need to be much more ruthless - to be so strong that our opponents see they have no chance against us."

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