UEFA Champions League hero Demba Ba has confirmed his desire to leave Chelsea when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
Ba, 28, joined Chelsea from Newcastle United for a fee of around £7 million in January 2013 but has failed to make a lasting impression on manager Jose Mourinho.
Since arriving in West London, the Senegal international, whose current contract at Stamford Bridge expires on 30 June 2016, has made more substitute appearances than starts for the Blues and he does not seem to be in Mourinho’s long-term plans.
All signs seem to be suggesting an inevitable summer exit for Ba, who sealed his place in Chelsea history forever when he came off the bench to score an 87th-minute winner against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.
The 28-year-old has now underlined his intentions of leaving Stamford Bridge for pastures new in the summer, citing a desire to play regular first-team football.
“I’m looking to leave Chelsea,” said Ba. “I want to play the full 90 minutes, get the maximum number of games and enjoy myself. I’ve not done that very much this season, and I doubt things will change for me here.
“I could well imagine myself at PSG. That is even though they have taken on a new dimension, and seem to be looking for international stars in the £50million bracket rather than steady performers costing £10m.
“But if PSG are looking for someone to play alongside Zlatan, then I’m their man.
“They will win the Champions League sooner or later, and not just the one time.
“Jose Mourinho has never explained his decisions to me. I am honestly surprised that I have been this patient. Earlier in my career I would have cracked up or blown a fuse.
“My friends Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o have been important. They told me not to give up.”
Ba, the subject of reported interest from A.S. Roma, Beşiktaş, Internazionale, Newcastle United and Trabzonspor, has bagged seven goals and one assist in 27 appearances, albeit just five starts, in all competitions for Chelsea this season.
Mame Biram Diouf could leave Hannover 96
Hannover 96 chairman Martin Kind has admitted star striker Mame Biram Diouf could leave the club after the player turned down a new deal at the HDI-Arena.
Diouf, formerly of Manchester United, has attracted interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Cardiff City, Fulham and Hamburg in recent times.
When asked about the aforementioned speculation, Kind said: “Yes, I have already heard about this interest.
“It’s okay. We have wanted to sign a new contract with Mame. Hamburg is able to do the same now.”
Diouf has scored eight goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances for Hannover this term.