Ba insists he won’t be pushed out of Stamford Bridge if the Manchester United forward signs for the Blues.
Chelsea forward Demba Ba insists he welcomes the competition Manchester United star Wayne Rooney would bring to Stamford Bridge.
Ba, a £7 million January signing from Newcastle, scored six goals in during the second half of last season as he shared the striking duties with Fernando Torres in Rafael Benitez’s Europa League winning side.
However, with the return of Romelu Lukaku from West Brom, Andre Schurrle’s arrival from Bayer Leverkusen and the Blues’ interest in Rooney, the Senegal international could start the new campaign fourth in the attacking pecking order.
But the added conflict for a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven doesn’t phase the 28-year-old, who says he doesn’t fear for his future at the club and will thrive under the pressure.
”I think we need competition and we welcome the best players in this club,” he told the Mirror. ”More competition is going to make me better anyway. All players want to play, not only centre forwards.
”We will all work in the same direction, for the club, to try and win the games. I will stay.
”I feel good. It’s always good to score but at this stage it’s more about the work and running a lot on the pitch to get you condition back,” the former West Ham man added.
”It’s been a good week’s work with the new manager. We will see in the next few weeks. It will be exciting.”