Baba Rahman has joined Schalke on loan until the end of the season

Chelsea defender Baba Rahman has signed for Schalke on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old, who joined the Blues from Augsburg in 2015, failed to secure a first-team place at Stamford Bridge last season and has been allowed to join the Gelsenkirchen club on loan.Schalke confirmed the Ghanaian’s signing in a statement on the club’s website on Tuesday. Rahman endured a frustrating debut season in the Premier League behind first-choice left-back Cesar Azpilicueta. However, he did make 23 appearances in all competitions for the west London club.

Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte has allowed Rahman to leave on loan despite having only two senior full-backs left in his squad – Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic.

The Blues have been linked with a number of possible replacements including PSV Eindhoven’s Santiago Arias and versatile Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Chelsea are due to face AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season.

Conte’s side host West Ham in their opening Premier League fixture on August 15th.

Source: Sky Sports