Senegalese international Demba Ba has spent this season on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, granted just two Premier League starts by Jose Mourinho.
His current situation looks a long way off from his debut brace against Southampton in January 2013, when the future looked promising in west London for the ex-Newcastle man.
Mourinho praised the striker after he struck a late double to bury Tottenham just over fortnight ago, though the manager’s comments did little to suggest he’s much more than a squad player.
And with only 23 minutes of football to Ba’s name since, he’s understandably ready to wave goodbye.
“I miss continuity,” he confessed to RMC Sport. “I’m a footballer and I want to play, this is what I want for next season.
“My agent spoke with the club and has started to talk to other clubs about a contract for next season."
It would be hard to blame Ba for wanting to leave. As if his Chelsea future didn’t already look murky enough, Chelsea’s summer quest for a prolific striker heaps on further doubt.
The primary question is now where he’ll go next. West Ham and Newcastle are already on his CV and it’s unclear if he would backtrack to a former employer.
At any rate, the Ba has said he’d like to remain in England - though also singled out Italy as a preferred destination.
“I hope we can find the best possible option,” he added.
“I’d like to stay in England, but I am also interested in other leagues; I’d like to try Serie A.
“Nothing is concrete, but there are some teams in Italy who play good football.”
Speaking of the Serie A, Ba was linked with a move to AS Roma last summer.
Rudi Garcia has the Giallorossi playing ‘good football’ and on course for the Champions League next term. And talk persists of the need to add another striker.
A come and get me plea towards the Italian capital? Certainly a stretch at this point, and there are others who could be interested.
But at 28, Ba will be keen on staying at the highest levels of competition, so expect the ‘best possible option’ he’s spoken of to be somewhere relatively ambitious.