Conte-reject Rahman laments

August 3, 2016
Rahman claims new manager Antonio Conte said he was too attack minded for his style

Baba Abdul Rahman, Ghana’s young, precocious left back, claims he left Chelsea on loan after new manager, Antonio Conte told him he was too attack-minded.

The Ghana international, who previously played for Augsburg, has returned to Germany  for a season-long loan with Schalke.

‘Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told me that he wants his team to be very defensive, but I am a rather offensive full back,’ Rahman told Ruhr Nachrichten.

Baba Rahman (left), pictured with John Obi Mikel, has left Chelsea on loan for Schalke

The Ghana international failed to cement the left back position at Stamford Bridge

‘So I would have had very little playing time. Conte advised me to leave on loan. We will see what happens after this season.

Rahman will link up with his former Augsburg manager Markus Weinzierl, who took charge of Schalke earlier, this summer.

Weinzierl is looking forward to working alongside Rahman again, telling Schalke’s official website: ‘Abdul is an attack-minded left full back and I am absolutely convinced about his qualities.

‘Also in terms of his attitude, he is a really great guy for our team.’

Rahman claims new manager Antonio Conte said he was too attack minded for his style

The 22-year-old, who made 23 appearances for the Blues but remained second-choice left-back behind Cesar Azpilicueta last season, also claims he is not impressed by the tactics used in the Premier League

‘A lot of players in England are very powerful, whereas in Germany you see some better football,’ he said.

‘A lot of Premier League teams are still very much playing kick and rush football.’


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