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Chelsea striker asks to leave this summer

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Chelsea striker Demba Ba has made it clear that he is prepared to leave Stamford Bridge this summer in search of regular first-team football, telling RMC Sport that he would welcome offers from Premier League or Serie A clubs at the end of the season.

Ba has failed to convince Blues boss Jose Mourinho that he deserves to start in the coveted lone central strike role in West London, making just three starts in all competitions so far this season.

The 28-year-old has still managed to score five times despite warming the bench on a regular basis, with Mourinho preferring Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres in attack despite Chelsea's hectic fixture schedule and a fight for silverware on two fronts heading towards the business end of the campaign.

Mourinho is widely expected to spend big on a new star centre forward this summer, with Ba sensing the time is right to go public with an admission that his future lies elsewhere unless there is a dramatic change to his squad status at Chelsea.

The Senegalese international told RMC Sport: "My agent has spoken to the club about a departure and he has started speaking with other clubs about a contract for next season.

"I hope we can find the best option possible. I'd like to stay in England. I like other leagues, too. I'd like to try the Italian league.

"Nothing's been confirmed but there are a few teams in Italy who play very good football."

Ba will hope potential summer suitors remember his fantastic start to life in the Premier League with West Ham and Newcastle United, where the forward reaching double figures in his first and only full campaign at St James' Park.

Arsenal had a late loan bid knocked for the forward last summer, while AC Milan are believed to be monitoring his situation closely with a view to a cut-price move at the end of the season.

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