Demba Ba: 'I will not leave Chelsea this summer'

Demba Ba of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and FC Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge on November 6, 2013
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Demba Ba claims that he has decided against leaving Chelsea this summer.

Chelsea forward Demba Ba has insisted that he will not be leaving the club this summer.

The 28-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after failing to hold down a regular spot in the team throughout the season, but he claims that talks with Jose Mourinho have persuaded him to stay.

"Jose Mourinho has asked me to stay at Chelsea next season," Ba is quoted as saying by 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 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."

Ba moved to Chelsea from Newcastle United in January 2013.

:Chelsea's French-born Senegalese striker Demba Ba celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on April 27, 2014
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