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Ghana left-back Baba Rahman is still confident he can have a future at Chelsea.

The defender has been on loan for two years at Schalke 04 and he recently returned to action after recovering from a long-term knee injury he suffered last season

“You can never say where football will guide you to. Maybe I stay for the next 10 years at Schalke but I can also imagine playing for Chelsea again,” he is quoted by the Evening Standard.

“As one of the best clubs in the world, Chelsea gives many players the chance to make their dreams come true and become better footballers.

“The club gives talented players a chance to prove themselves. At Schalke, I am now regularly in front of 60,000 spectators on the pitch, which makes me incredibly good in my development.”

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Chelsea full-back Abdul “Baba” Rahman has travelled to Germany to complete a medical ahead of his proposed second loan move to Schalke 04, with Die Konigsblauen sporting director Christian Heidel confirming that the deal is close to completion.

Reports from Sky Germany claim the Ghana international, who made 21 total appearances during his first spell at the Bundesliga side, flew out to undergo medical checks today were.

This was subsequently confirmed by Heidel, who indicated that an agreement was near but stressed it hasn’t finalised yet:

“We’re on the home straight with Baba,” he claimed in a press conference today.

“He’s due to undergo a medical here, but the deal is not complete yet. He got some minutes with the Chelsea reserves recently. We’ll give him the time he needs, but the medical will reveal more.”

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Antonio Conte revealed that he will be happy to give another chance to left-back Abdul Baba Rahman.

The Ghana international signed for Chelsea from Augsburg in summer 2015 but never really impressed at Stamford Bridge, so he was sent on loan to Schalke 04, but he picked up a really bad knee injury while at the Bundesliga side.

Almost one years has gone by since he got injured, but Baba is not fully recovered yet: the 23-year-old is trying to re-get his fitness at Cobham Training ground, so Antonio Conte has got the chance to supervise his work day by day and confessed he would like to give him one more chance:

This player is coming from a bad injury, he’s struggling a bit to recover his best form.

“I don’t know what will happen with Baba, under the human aspect I would like to give an opportunity to come back stronger, now he’s facing recovery, he is showing a great patience because he’s struggling a lot, I would be happy to give him a chance, because there is not just the player, there is also the human aspect.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Stoke, claiming there are no fresh injuries:

No, no news,all the players are available, the same of the last games,” the Italian tactician said.

“Musonda and David Luiz are improving and I think their recover is very close, for sure against Norwich they will be available.

“I guess tomorrow it will be a very difficult game against Stoke City, last season in the same period we suffered a lot to beat them at home, I remember that match very well.

“We have to go game by game, it’s normal when we have to play every two days, I have to make rotations. I give all my players the same credit. I trust all of them, it doesn’t matter if there are some changes in the starting XI.”

About the competition to finish in the Premier League top 4, he said:

“I think it’s always successful to finish in the top 4 in this league, there are six teams fighting for the title and there are just 4 spots for Champions League and 2 for Europa League, it’s normal when your competitor is doing so well, like Manchester City, it’s tough to fight for the title. But to do it for our fans and to improve our work.”

Thibaut Courtois, whose deal with Chelsea will expire in summer 2019, hasn’t renewed his contract with the Blues yet:

“He’s got a contract also for next season with Chelsea,” Conte said.

“He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and my staff and I are proud to have him as keeper, we’re proud to create this synergy with the 3 goalkeeper, I am very happy to have them, I hope to keep them for the next season.

“As you know very well there is a private conversation between the agent and the club, of course I hope he will stay, he is a very good goalkeeper and a very good guy.

“For sure when you are in a great club, a great project, you want to stay, I guess the family is not a big issue, there are private conversation among club, agents and players and of course I will be very happy if he will stay with us, with this great synergy also with the other goalkeepers and the goalkeeper coach.”

Eden Hazard is in the same situation and it is believed he rejected a new contract with Chelsea:

“My answer is always the same, this is a private conversation among club, agents and player. I can say the same I just said for Eden, I am proud to have him in my squad, I am very happy to work with him, he’s a really good guy, he’s space to improve but I repeat the club and agents take care of this.”

And about him staying at Chelsea next season and the upcoming transfer window, Conte said:

“I am very happy to stay here and to work with these players, I guess the transfer market and this window can be important if we are able to bring the right players. I am a coach, I have to work with my players, the club take care of th transfer market, they will decide if they have to improve the team.

“You’re talking about two important players for us, for sure it will be very important to continue with this kind of players, it’s very important to improve your team, not to sell your best players.”

On the Premier League Christmas period schedule, he said:

“Personally I am very happy to stay here, to work here, to have this time of Christmas period, I think is great not only for me but also for the players, there is a fantastic atmosphere, but I would like after this period to have a little period of rest, it would be important to have a little rest for everyone in England to prepare for the final rush, after this busy period to play after three days is tough, you pay it later, when the Champions League restart, it’s difficult to play after this period.”

About Baba Rahman, who is recovering from a bad ACL injury, he said:

This player is coming from a bad injury, he’s struggling a bit to recover his best form.

“I don’t know what will happen with Baba, under the human aspect I would like to give an opportunity to come back stronger, now he’s facing recovery, he is showing a great patience because he’s struggling a lot, I would be happy to give him a chance, because there is not just the player, there is also the human aspect.”

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Chelsea loanee Baba Abdul-Rahman suffered a knee injury playing with Ghana at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.

An official statement from Ghana Football Association read: “The defender will travel to Germany today to undergo further tests and possible surgery over a knee injury”.

Baba is currently playing on loan at German side Schalke 04, where he picked up 21 appearances in six months.

Ghana medical team claimed: “Baba suffered a rupture of the meniscus and a particular tear of the anterior cruciate ligament with fluid collection in the left knee.”

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Baba Rahman is currently undergoing a medical to join Schalke 04 on a season-long loan as Chelsea and the Bundesliga side have reached a deal, according to SkySports.

The Ghana international left-back joined Chelsea from Augsburg on a £23.5m deal last summer but struggled to break into the starting XI during his first season at Stamford Bridge.

The 22-year-old, who made just 15 appearances with the Blues, is now set to try a new experience in the Bundesliga.

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Chelsea left-back Abdul Rahman Baba has been targeted by Lazio, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 21-year-old is a main target for incoming Lazio manager Marcelo Bielsa and Chelsea have reportedly already received a £12m bid for the Ghana international, who joined the Blues for £19m last summer.

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Chelsea summer signing Abdul Baba Rahman made his first appearance for the Blues in last night’s Champions League match against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Baba Rahman started yesterday’s game at left-back while Cesar Azpilicueta has replaced Branislav Ivanovic at right back. Ghana international was delighted to make a debut win. However, he hopes being able to secure himself more minutes after his performance last night.

Rahman said :

“It was great,”

“The supporters and the stadium were very nice.”

“The team played good and the most important thing was the win and that’s what we did.”

“I think I can adapt more but I leave it up to the coach to judge my performance.”

“I’m very happy to be here. If I push hard I can make it and enjoy myself here.”

“My main aim is to play as many games as I can. I’m really working hard to keep the momentum going.”

Chelsea left-back admits he’s desperate to help the Blues win at least as many trophies as last year :

“Last year Chelsea won the Premier League and I’m itching for us to win it again, and also do well in the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup,”

“We want to win as many trophies as we can.”


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