Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Will Benefit from Demba Ba's Desire to Stay

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 22, 2013

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Demba Ba of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on December 4, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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With reports circulating that Arsenal are looking into adding Demba Ba, the Chelsea striker appears content with his situation on the team. 

It was just last January that the striker came to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle, but with the 28-year-old not playing much of a role for Jose Mourinho, the transfer rumors are abounding. For his part, Ba is doing his best to silence the talk.

Mirror's Dean Jones quoted Ba as saying, "People talk a lot about me joining Arsenal. But there has never been an ­approach from them. There is nothing ­going on in this regard."

Chelsea, as any business would, will benefit from the professional attitude of one of their employees. This is all a great sign for the Blues and their future. 

Ba has appeared in just eight of Chelsea's 16 Premier League games this season. He has one goal on 12 shots and an assist. Including his partial stint with Chelsea last season, Ba now has just three league goals for Chelsea. 

It is safe to say that the Blues expected a little more production from the Senegal international striker. In his 54 games with Newcastle, Ba netted 29 goals. Now, he's having a hard time simply getting on the pitch under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:  Demba Ba of Chelsea reacts after a second half goal is ruled out for offside during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and FC Steaua Bucuresti at Stamford Bridge on December 11, 2013 in London, England.
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Just two of Ba's eight league appearances have come as the starter.

Given his struggles to get on the pitch, Ba is a logical transfer target. It is certainly understandable that clubs would see if the promise of regular playing time would be enough to entice the striker to make a switch. 

This is where Ba seemed to go out of his way to make it known that he is comfortable with his role at Stamford Bridge. Jones also brings us the following quote from Ba: 

Things are OK for me at the ­moment.

It’s ­working, as the situation is ­turning around for me here bit by bit.

I am getting more time on the pitch as a result of the ­injuries to our strikers Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres.

You just need a bit of time to adapt when you change clubs.

I’ve been in a process of ­adaptation while moving ­between West Ham, Newcastle and ­Chelsea.

But as soon as I’m given the chance to prove myself, I take it – so the fact that I’ve often been on the substitute’s bench is nothing serious.

In an age that seems to feature far too many spoiled players ready to throw in the towel on the team that pays them on the first glimpse of anything that doesn't break the player's way, Ba's attitude is refreshing. 

It also speaks to the respect that Mourinho has garnered at Stamford Bridge. To have a player of Ba's pedigree content to earn his way on the pitch sets a great example for the rest of the team. This is the kind of selfless attitude that can be contagious when players respect their managers. 

COBHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Jose Mourinho and Demba Ba of Chelsea speak during a press conference on September 17, 2013 in Cobham, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Chelsea aren't just going to benefit from the boost to their team chemistry, either. The Blues are enjoying a fine league season. Entering Matchday 17, the Blues trailed Arsenal for the top of the EPL table by just two points. 

Chelsea have scored 32 goals in league action this year. That is the fourth most in the league and not a number that suggests Chelsea have to be worried about retaining a substitute striker. Of course, that is also one less goal than Arsenal have scored.

The last thing Chelsea need to see is Ba getting his career back on track as a member of the Gunners. 


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