Last Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:23
Chelsea striker Demba Ba insists that the extra competition in attack will help him to improve as a player next season.
Ba joined the Blues in the January transfer window for an undisclosed fee and was handed plenty of opportunities to shine by interim manager Rafael Benitez, scoring twice in 15 games.
The former Newcastle man had to battle for a starting spot with Fernando Torres but he will face further competition this term as Romelu Lukaku has returned from a fruitful loan spell with West Brom and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old admits that he didn't settle as quickly as he would have liked last term but he hopes that with pre-season under his belt he can hit the ground running.
Ba said: "I will stay. I think we need competition and we welcome the best players in this club.
"More competition is going to make me better anyway. All players want to play, not only centre forwards.
"We will all work in the same direction, for the club, to try and win the games."
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