Demba Ba says he is gunning for regular first team football at Chelsea - and insists he won't be put off his goal even if a new striker arrives in the summer.
Fernando Torres is currently in possession of the sole striker spot at Stamford Bridge - although the £50 million forward's ailing form could mean he is moved on in the summer.
Chelsea have been linked with moves for Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and Napoli's Edinson Cavani at the end of the season for some time now.
However Ba, a £7.5 million January acquisition from Newcastle, says he won't feel disheartened if a new forward arrives in the summer, and says that fierce competition for starting places is just par for the course at Chelsea.
“Everywhere you go, competition is there. It will always exist," he said.
“I’m at one of Europe’s biggest clubs and, each year, they’re going to bring in a striker. That’s part of football.
“It’s what makes you better if you take it the right way.
“I work, I know what I can achieve. If they buy a new forward, it’ll help me improve. I won’t let myself be pushed around.”
Ba has impressed when given the chance during his short Chelsea career so far, playing just 212 minutes in the Premier League and scoring once.
The 27-year-old, who took an unorthodox path to Chelsea via the likes of Belgian side Mouscron and West Ham, says he has worked hard to earn his shot at the big time and will continue to do so in order to impress at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “There is a logic to everything. When you work, you always get to where you want to go.
“I look at the work I’ve put in with my fitness coach and watching videos of my performances.
“The more you watch yourself play, the more mistakes you put right. When I look at the work I’ve put in in the last six or seven years, I’m not surprised I can do such things now.”
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