The official website for European football

Chelsea swoop to capture Newcastle's Ba

Published: Friday 4 January 2013, 13.00CET
Chelsea FC have bolstered their forward line with the signing of Senegal striker Demba Ba, 27, from domestic rivals Newcastle United FC on a deal that ties him to the club until 2016.
Chelsea swoop to capture Newcastle's Ba
Demba Ba was key to Newcastle's fifth-place finish last term ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 4 January 2013, 13.00CET

Chelsea swoop to capture Newcastle's Ba

Chelsea FC have bolstered their forward line with the signing of Senegal striker Demba Ba, 27, from domestic rivals Newcastle United FC on a deal that ties him to the club until 2016.

Demba Ba has become Rafael Benítez's first signing as Chelsea FC manager after the Senegalese international agreed terms on a switch from Newcastle United FC and put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 27-year-old striker has been the subject of much speculation since it was revealed that he had a €8.5m buy-out clause in his contract, and the Blues have moved quickly to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

"It feels good to be here, I'm very happy and very proud," said Ba. "It was important for me, and for Newcastle, to get my future sorted and now we can move on. Now they have the whole month to buy someone and for me as well, the sooner the better. Now I am here I just need to get settled in. When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy."

Ba scored 29 times in 54 league outings for Newcastle after signing on a free transfer in summer 2011 and helped the Magpies finish fifth last term – a place above the reigning European champions. He had previously enjoyed a successful six-month stint at West Ham United FC, after making his name during three-and-a-half seasons with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Last updated: 01/05/13 9.15CET

Related information

Player profiles
Member associations
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=1909808.html#chelsea+swoop+capture+newcastles+ba

UEFA.com features

Pick of the week: matchday one
  • Pick of the week: matchday one
  • What teams need to get through
  • Watch the five best acrobatic Champions League goals
  • Ones to watch in the group stage
  • Masterclass: Xavi on passing and control
  • Newcomers ready for Champions League debuts
  • Pick of the Week of Football
  • Berezovski and Frick join Europe's 40-somethings
  • Europe's all-time top international goalscorers
  • Introducing football in Gibraltar ...
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.