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Chelsea striker Demba Ba: Mourinho wants me to stay

Demba Ba is only thinking of staying with Chelsea next season. His key goals at Liverpool and against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League towards the end of the season have prompted Blues boss Jose Mourinho to guarantee him more starts next term.

"Jose Mourinho has asked me to stay at Chelsea next season," the 28-year-old said. "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.

"I want to play a lot of matches, and I think that will be the case for me.

"I was approached by Arsenal last August. But Mourinho refused to let me join them, as he said he didn't want to help a rival team to get stronger."

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