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Chelsea confirm sale of Demba Ba

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Chelsea have today confirmed the sale of striker Demba Ba to Besiktas.

The Senegalese international striker gave the game away on social media over two days ago, Tweeting 'Ben Geldim! @Besiktas’ on his personal account. That roughly translates as ‘I’ve come to Besiktas’.

Official confirmation

Whilst his Twitter announcement might have been a little premature, the deal has now been rubber-stamped, with the Blues confirming that he’s signed for the Turkish outfit on their official website. Whilst a fee was not mentioned, it’s believed to be in the region of £4.7million. It's also unclear if they've matched his previous wages, which were around £80,000-per-week.

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Ba spent a season-and-a-half on the King’s Road, joining from Newcastle in the 2013 January transfer window. He would go on to score 14 goals from 51 appearances in all competitions, with 28 of those coming off the substitute’s bench.

"Everybody at Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Demba for his service and wish him all the best for the future,” read a closing statement on the website.

Blues record

Ba’s debut for the club came in a 5-1 FA Cup win over Southampton, with the 29-year-old scoring a brace in a memorable performance. However, he was ineligible to represent the Blues on their run to Europa League glory under Rafa Benitez. He did score a sublime winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup sixth-round, however.

Amidst competition with Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o, starts were hard to find for the former Hoffenheim star under new boss Jose Mourinho, but he still chipped in with some vital games both domestically and in Europe. A late winner over PSG sent Chelsea into the Champions League quarter-finals, whilst his goal at Anfield ended Liverpool’s title challenge last term.

His last appearance came in the 0-0 draw against Norwich on the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season.

Regular football

A move to Besiktas offers the forward a chance to play regular first team football once again however, and Ba is looking forward to giving his best for the passionate fans at the Vodafone Arena.

"I've had a lot of positive feedback about Besiktas and Istanbul from my Senegalese friends in Turkey. To play in a Muslim country and in a new stadium is definitely very exciting. I know what my coach Slaven Bilic expects from me, and I am open to all sorts of competition,” he said, according to Sky Sports.

"Since Besiktas fans like hard-working and spirited players, I will give everything I've got in order not to disappoint them.”

Costa arrival

The arrival of Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge all-but ended Ba’s time at Chelsea, and the club will still hope to challenge for the title next season.

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