Demba Ba has revealed his intentions to remain with Chelsea despite being linked with a move away, Daily Star reports.
After talks with Jose Mourinho, the Senegalese striker confirms that he will remain at Stamford Bridge next season and will be given a more important role.
He made 29 appearances this season with only five of those as a starter, netting eight goals in the process.
However, with very few starts and opportunities, Ba still seemed to be able to prove himself with key goals against Liverpool as well as a vital winner against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.
During his meeting with Mourinho, he was promised more playing time and first team call ups for the Blues’ upcoming campaign.
“Jose Mourinho has asked me to stay at Chelsea next season,” the 28-year-old said. “He assured me that my situation would change.
“I see this as my reward from God. I weighed up the pros and cons, and think that I will stay put to see what happens.
“I don’t know whether my situation will improve, but what 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.
“I was approached by Arsenal last August. But Mourinho refused to let me join them, as he said he didn’t want to help a rival team to get stronger.”