Chelsea forward Demba Ba has revealed that Jose Mourinho has already told him that he is a part of his plans for next season, despite the vast amount of reports linking him with a move away.
The Senegalese striker has failed to make an impact this year, and was largely used as a substitute coming on in the latter stages of games when the Blues needed a goal. Such was his seemingly unfavourable position behind the likes of Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o that many believed that he would be quickly sold on the summer to make room for new arrivals.
However according to quotes in the Daily Star, Ba has shed light on a talk held behind closed doors between himself and his manager in which Mourinho assured him of his future for next year.
“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.”
The comments, if true, will not only raise the eyebrows of a good many Chelsea fans, but could also be treated as evidence that Torres is definitely on his way out of Stamford Bridge. With Mourinho thought to be keen on acquiring two big-name strikers from abroad - namely Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic - it makes sense to assume that the club will be relinquishing the services of some of their current forwards to make room.
Due to Eto’o coming to the end of his deal, and Ba now claiming that he will definitely remain in west London past the summer, the futures of both Torres and the on-loan Romelu Lukaku look more precarious than ever.