Benitez in dark over Demba Ba
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez insisted he knew nothing of reports suggesting Newcastle striker Demba Ba was set for talks with Blues officials.
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Sky Sports sources understand Ba's representatives were due to meet with Chelsea on Sunday evening.
Ba, who has 13 goals already this season, has a £7million release clause in his contract which becomes active in January when the transfer window opens.
A host of clubs have been linked with a possible swoop for Ba, including Arsenal, Tottenham, QPR and French giants Paris Saint Germain.
Asked after Chelsea's 2-1 win over Everton if he knew anything about the reports, Benitez said: "No, because we don't talk about this business, we had a very important game today."