German giant FC Schalke 04 has confirmed the new status of Chelsea defender Baba Rahman ahead of the forthcoming season.
The Bundesliga club say the player is set to play for them in a season long deal agreed with the London-based English club. the Ghanaian full back is set to join the rest of his new team mates in Austria for their pre season training, according to the club.
Chelsea is expected to confirm the deal shortly, especially in light of the defensive problems the team is expected to suffer from as the new season begins. The first choice for the right back position Branislav Ivanovic is set to miss the beginning of the season slated for new week due to a dislocation in his shoulder. Ivanovic has been struggling with form of recent and the injury might further rain down on his form when he eventually returns. However, Schalke used their official twitter page to confirm the deal as they posted: “Abdul Rahman Baba is travelling with the Schalke squad to the training camp.”
Rahman made 23 appearances for Chelsea in the last campaign but is reported to be deemed excess to requirements by the new coach Antonio Conte. The player joined just last summer from Augsburg on a five-year deal. The 22 year old is seen as a potential player for the future team by Conte, hence the long deal.
Ola Aina has been the one playing the pre season in the right back position but it is unlikely that the youngster would be starting the Premier League opener against West Ham on the 15th of august. Conte has a tall order of returning Chelsea to winning ways as they finished in tenth place despite winning the League a year earlier.