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Jose Mourinho considers Rahman’s signing as extremely important and relevant to the club.

Baba Rahman has signed for Chelsea from Augsburg for an amount of around £20m. The Ghana left- back is considered as Filipe Luis successor at Stamford Bridge.

The Special One does not hide his satisfaction with the finalization of the transfer. The Portuguese coach hopes, that Rahman will be ready to play as soon as it is only possible.

Mourinho said :

It’s important because he’s a left-back and he can compete with Azpilicueta,”

 “At the same time, Azpi can also compete with Ivanovic for the right-back position.”

“This player replaces Filipe Luis in terms of the balance of the squad.”

“Hopefully next week he will be ready.”

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The Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis who has left Chelsea after a disappointing season, claims, that he has no regrets about his experience at Stamford Bridge.

Filipe Luis joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid last summer, but he did not meet the expectations of The Special One. Moreover, he lost his place in the starting lineup for Cesar Azpilicueta. That is why, the Brazilian player decided to come back at Vicente Calderon.

In a recent interview, Brazilian stressed, however, that no regrets about his stay at Chelsea.

Luis told El Pais :

“I have not given it much thought because I’ve always been happy here and this is where I want to be. The Premier League is good, but when you do not play every game then you are not happy. I won the championship and the League Cup but what has pleased me is to return to my house, to the club where I grew up and where I feel best. “

Even during his presentation as a new Atletico Madrid player some weeks ago, he has  praised Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.

”No [I don’t regret the move to Chelsea]. It was exactly the opposite. I’ve learned many things. I played in big matches and different matches. We won the league, meaning I won La Liga and the Premier League after each other. It was a very valuable experience and I am very proud of the season,”

“When I left, I decided to try a new experience. I knew it would be difficult, because I would be leaving my family, friends and a squad. I never got rid of Atleti, I never separated from my team. I felt at home at the Vicente Calderón and had to start all over again. I went with lots of enthusiasm and I’ve had a very positive year.”

“I had spent the year at Chelsea and when the season ended the possibility came about. I told my agent that I didn’t want any other option. If Atlético wanted me there would be an option to leave, without that I would have stayed at Chelsea. When the season ended the negotiations started and I wanted to return.”

“Mourinho and Simeone are very different in almost everything, but they share a crazy love of winning and they live football, everything else is different.”

“I wanted to go and know about the Premier League. They are very different, the Premier League is much better organised. The stadiums are packed, more attractive and the games are played without many stoppages.”

“Although La Liga is different, there are also good atmospheres in the stadiums although they are not full, there is always pressure. In Spain it is less physical and has more quality. The thing that I noticed in English football is the physical aspect. I feel more comfortable here.”

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New Chelsea signing, Abdul Baba Rahman has thanked the Augsburg fans and his former club for the support received during his stay at SGL Arena.

The Ghana defender has agreed terms and passed a medical at Chelsea but he still  awaits the necessary work permit and visa.

In the meantime, he has decided to send a farewell message to his fans at Augsburg.

Rahman told the Augsburg’s official website:

”I have made this decision and it is really not easy because I felt good at Augsburg,”

”But the move to England is a very big opportunity for me to play at a top club like Chelsea, so I would like to take this step. I am really looking forward to playing with many great footballers.”

”For me, last season was absolutely amazing,’ he said. I am very proud to have been a part of this fantastic team.”

”I want to thank the fans for their great support and wish the entire team all the best. I hope they have another successful season.”



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Chelsea FC announced to have reached an agreement with German side Augsburg to sign Ghanian left-back Abdul Baba Rahman.

The negotiation has been going on for at least one month and the deal was closed yesterday for an amount around £20m.

His first words to Chelsea website as a new Blues player:

Rahman said: ”I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can’t wait to train with my new team-mates and very much looking forward to working with them and Mr Mourinho. ”

Then he added :

‘I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to meet the fans as soon as possible.’ 

Stefan Reuter (FC Augsburgs Manager) said:
“We just agreed all terms with Chelsea. We are very happy for him, he is a Champions League player. We are proud to send him to one of the best clubs in Europe. We will follow his games and we wish him all the best. He will be always welcomed at Augsburg”


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Roma told to ex Chelsea defender Ashley Cole that he can leave despite having another year of contract with the Italian side.

Cole signed for Roma last summer and he only made 11 Serie A appearances so far.

During this pre-season he has rarely featured in the games under coach Rudi Garcia.

Cole was not selected for Roma’s 6-4 friendly win over Sevilla on Friday night which saw new signing Edin Dzeko score twice after sealing a season-long loan switch from Manchester City.

The players of the Roma squad were presented to supporters before the match at the Stadio Olimpico.

It’s now time for Cole to look for a new team.

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 Chelsea have agreed a deal with Augsburg for Abdul Baba Rahman, according to Daily Mail.

The English media are reporting that a deal between the two clubs has been reached. It is said, that Chelsea will pay an initial  £14m while the other £3.5m in bonuses will be paid based on Rahman’s performances at Stamford Bridge.

The Ghana international will also receive £700,000 after completing 20 games and another £3.5m after he has made 100 appearances.

The Daily Mail claims that Rahman has agreed a five-year contract with the Blues and will arrive to London next week to undergo the medical.

The deal was confirmed by several sources.

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Augsburg coach, Markus Weinzierl has admitted that he is very proud of Chelsea’s interest in his player, Abdul Baba Rahman.

According to the various sources, Chelsea are on the verge of completing a deal for Baba Rahman. It is said that his transfer is going to be announced within the next few days.

The negotiations between the German club and the Blues are now in the final phase. And, according to the rumours, the Ghanaian international will join Chelsea for a fee of around €25m.

Augsburg coach, Weinzierl has admitted that the fact that such a famous club as Chelsea are interested in his player, makes him proud.

Weinzierl told Kicker:

“I would like to continue working with all players, but when you sign someone like Baba from the second division and he’s on Chelsea’s radar 12 months later, it does make the coaching staff proud,”

Rahman joined Augsburg from Greuther Furth for just €2.5 million but his outstanding performances at WWK Arena, drew the attention in Europe.

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According to The Guardian, Augsburg have rejected Chelsea`s £17.7m bid for Baba Rahman.

Abdul Baba Rahman has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. The Ghanaian is considered as a replacement for Filipe Luis, who has rejoined Atletico Madrid.
The German team are holding out for £21.2m fee for their left-back and have no intention to lower the price tag. Due to the fact, that there are not a lot alternative left-backs available, Chelsea may be forced to increase their offer.

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he wants to sign a left-back before the closure of the summer transfer window.

The Special One has stated that Chelsea will sign a left-back before the transfer window closes.

”It is something that is agreed between all of us in the club,”

“It is not a situation where the manager says one thing and the board say ‘No you’re wrong, you don’t need it’.

“We have only Cesar Azpilicueta and we need a left-back. I know that and the board know that.”

“And my feeling is that we’re going to have one. But obviously there is not only one left-back in the football world.”

“There are different options and we will decide when it’s possible to decide.”

During the last few weeks, Chelsea have been heavily linked with Abdul Baba Rahman. And according to the various sources, the final agreement may be reached within the next few days.


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