What happened to Abdul Rahman Baba, defender Chelsea bought for €26m

What happened to Abdul Rahman Baba, defender Chelsea bought for €26m
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The Ghanaian left-back is another Chelsea player who's had wretched luck with injuries.

Beginning

  • In 2012, 18-year-old left-back Abdul Rahman Baba left Ghana for Germany where he immediately made an impression on the football world.
  • He became a regular starter at Greuter Furth and, two years later, at Augsburg who finished fifth, well above expectations, in the 2014-15 season.
  • It was after this campaign when Chelsea decided to pounce and signed Baba for €26m as competition for Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea turmoil

  • The Ghanaian was joining the reigning Premier League champions under Jose Mourinho but that season the team just fell apart.
  • Baba made 23 appearances for the Blues but was not to blame for the team's problems - and yet, Antonio Conte's arrival in the summer of 2016 meant he had to prove his worth again.
  • Unfortunately for him, Conte was not convinced by his defensive qualities... and brought Marcos Alonso in.

Injuries

  • Baba left on loan for Schalke and started brightly but in January 2017, he suffered a severe knee injury at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana.
  • Since then, it was an injury hell for him, as he did not play a single game until May 2018.
  • Schalke liked what they saw in his first months here so they brought him back to Germany: it was there where the left-back returned to the pitch in the last game of the 2017/18 season.
  • After playing 2 matches at the start of the following campaign, however, he fell out of favour and never played for Schalke again returning to Chelsea in January 2019.

Uncertainty

  • Since then, Baba was loaned out to French side Reims (11 games, 1 goal) and Spanish outfit Mallorca (2 games).
  • Last summer, Chelsea failed to find a new home for the player and sent him to train with the development squad.
  • That's where he remains now and while Chelsea would've certainly loved to get him out on loan or permanently, there are no reports suggesting they are particularly close to it.

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Source: Tribuna.com

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