Demba Ba remains determined to keep himself in contention for a starting place in Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, despite being linked over the summer with a move away.
Ba, who transferred to west London from Newcastle after enjoying a lethal vein of goal scoring form at St. James Park, has struggled at Chelsea since his arrival and is not Mourinho's first choice.
Both Arsenal and West Ham expressed clear interest in the Senegalese forward during the closing days of the summer transfer window, but neither side were given the go ahead by Chelsea, and subsequently Ba remained at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners were rebuffed on deadline day due to Mourinho not wanting to strengthen a rival, yet the Special One's choice to field others in front of Ba paved way for the general consensus that he is consigned to bench warming duty for the foreseeable future.
However the striker is confident in his own ability to force his way into Mourinho's plans and, despite facing stiff competition from the likes of Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o, believes he can play a significant role for the Blues.
"I told the manager if I stayed I would keep fighting for the club. Now it's about the next months and years with Chelsea," Ba said.
"This is part of football. It didn't happen. I'm a good professional and always work hard. I will keep doing the same.
"I want to play. It all depends on me and the performance I put in on the pitch. If I don't perform, it will be only my fault.
"I know I haven't played as good as when I was in Newcastle or West Ham, but I needed time to settle. I will keep working hard and believe the reward is behind the work."
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