In 2005, Ba and two other young stars travelled to England.
He was banging in the goals for Rouen at the time but his ambitions were far greater.
He explained to the Daily Star: "Three of us came over looking for glory or success. It was an adventure.
"Unfortunately the guys I was with didn't really make it, but I came back to France with an experience. I had learned a lot of things that helped me at the beginning of my career.
"I know why I was there, and the objective was to finish in a club like Chelsea."
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