Chelsea striker Demba Ba has revealed that he is ready to battle for first-team football after coming close to leaving Stamford Bridge over the summer.
The Senegalese forward – who only signed for the Blues in January – is believed to be way down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, and was linked with a loan move to Arsenal in the closing stages of the transfer window.
‘The Special One’ instead opted to allow youngster Romelu Lukaku to head away from London on a short-term deal, leaving Ba to battle with new arrival Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres for first-team football.
The 28-year-old says that although he was prepared to join the Gunners, he is now ready to battle for a spot in Mourinho’s starting XI.
“I was ready to go and to play there (at Arsenal), but it didn’t happen,” Ba told Sky Sports.
“I think I’m a good professional, and I’ve always worked hard to deserve what I have. Until today I will keep doing the same.
“I told him (Mourinho) if I stay I will keep fighting for the club and for the side. That’s it.
“Now what matters is the next months, the next years with Chelsea and that’s it.”
Ba could be set to make his Champions League debut this week as Chelsea prepare for a clash with Basel before returning to domestic duties against Fulham at the weekend.
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