Wembley

Next Game

Arsenal v Chelsea

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 15:00

FA Community Shield

FedExField

Last Game

Chelsea 2 - 2 Barcelona

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 01:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Ba: No Chelsea regrets

Demba Ba has suggested the fact he was not a 'big name' limited his chances at Chelsea, but he has insisted he does not regret his time at Stamford Bridge.

Last Updated: 18/08/14 at 09:27 Post Comment

Demba Ba: Striker feels he wasn't a big enough name at Chelsea

Demba Ba: Striker feels he wasn't a big enough name at Chelsea

The Senegal striker joined Chelsea from Newcastle United in January 2013, but struggled for playing time following Jose Mourinho’s reappointment as manager last summer.

Ba started only six games last season in all competitions, but did score important goals late on in the campaign against Paris Saint-Germain, Swansea City and Liverpool.

He has since been sold to Turkish side Besiktas and he has been reflecting on why he was not given more opportunities at Chelsea.

"Sometimes when you come in a team where there are a lot of big names, how can I say this, the name plays more than the statistics," said Ba.

"And, unfortunately, I think it was my case. But like I say, I have no regret on anything or anyone's decision to play me or not.

"I'm happy for the move to Chelsea from Newcastle and I did what I had to do with the time I was given."

Ba has made an immediate impact at Besiktas after scoring a hat-trick against Feyenoord earlier this month to set up a UEFA Champions League play-off with Arsenal.

The 29-year-old came close to joining Arsenal 12 months ago before Mourinho pulled the plug on the deal and Ba is ready to face the Gunners in the first leg in Turkey on Tuesday.

He added: "I always said the move to Arsenal was close. I thought the deal was done and I would just go and do the medical but it went another way.

"Jose has said why it didn't happen. He was honest, he just didn't want to give them a striker who could score goals, especially with the arrival of Ozil.

"Now I am playing Arsenal in such a big match. It's crazy but I've no regret on everything that happened."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company