Ghana and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman is set to stay at the club for the coming season and will not go under the knife again as reported,Chelsea FC Goal Correspondent Nizaar Kinsella has confirmed .
Rahman’s Chelsea career has not quite panned out as one might have expected when the Blues forked over £14m (plus bonuses) to sign the 21-year-old Ghanaian international from FC Augsburg where he was one of the Bundesliga’s breakout stars.
Under Mourinho and then Hiddink, Baba made 23 appearances in what was a turbulent first season at Stamford Bridge, never quite managing to impress either manager while the rest of Chelsea’s title-winners crumbled around him.
Known more for his attacking prowess than defensive ability, Baba also failed to impress Antonio Conte last summer he was too attacking for Conte’s 4-2-4 setup and was sent on loan to Schalke 04 instead. When Conte switched to a 3-4-3 a couple months later and thus changed the definition of what he needed from a left (wing-)back, perhaps he ended up rueing that decision.
At Schalke, Baba was splitting time with now-Arsenal left back Sead Kolašinac before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana.
But in their very first game of the competition, Baba blew out his knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season and beyond.
Schalke had shown some interest in re-signing him on loan this summer, and Baba was seen recently doing some light ball-work at Cobham, but since he’s not expected to be able to contribute at all until later this year (which also rules him out from backup duties to Marcos Alonso), they’ve moved on to other targets.
Baba Rahman does not require any new surgery, despite what Schalke's Christian Heidel said recently. Staying at #CFC to get fit
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 29, 2017
Is Good news for Ghana, as the country will seek the services on the left-back in the 2018 world Cup qualification campaign.