Besiktas striker, Demba Ba, has hit back at his former coach Jose Mourinho and insists the Chelsea boss never gave him a proper chance at Stamford Bridge.
Ba scored 14 goals in 23 starts for Chelsea, but was often only Mourinho’s third choice striker behind Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres.
“Sometimes when you are at a club with a lot of big stars, the name counts for more than the statistics. Unfortunately, it was like that in my case,” said the 29-year-old Senegal striker as quoted by DailyMail.
“But I am happy I moved from Newcastle to Chelsea and achieved what I did. All my wishes are for them to win the league.”
Ba also revealed that he was close to joining Arsenal last summer and is looking forward to face them in the Champions League play-off.
“I always said the move to Arsenal was close. I thought the deal was done and I would just go and do the medical, but it went another way,” Ba added.
“Jose has said why it didn’t happen. He was honest, he just didn’t want to give them a striker who could score goals, especially with the arrival of Ozil.
“Now I am playing Arsenal in such a big match. It’s crazy but I’ve no regret on everything that happened.
“We will have a very tough game against Arsenal, but we want to go through to the Champions League spot and get the six matches in the group stages.”
Demba Ba and Besiktas will face Arsenal in the first leg of the Champions League play-off on Tuesday.
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