Baba Rahman Leaves Chelsea After Eight Years
Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Baba Rahman to Greek side PAOK, bringing to an end his eight-year spell with the club. The left-wingback joined the Blues in 2015 from Augsburg for a fee of around £14million and was viewed as one to watch for the future. However, injuries have blighted the 29-year-old’s career and despite still having a year left on his contract, Chelsea have allowed him to return to PAOK, where he won the 2021 Greek Cup, on a free transfer.
Rahman made all 23 of his Chelsea appearances in the 2015/16 season (Photo: Getty)
Rahman’s Chelsea Career
Rahman made 23 appearances across all competitions in his debut season with Chelsea but that would be the last time he ever played for the Blues, with a series of loan spells across Europe to follow. He spent two-and-a-half years at Schalke before heading to Reims, Mallorca, PAOK and finally two seasons with Reading in the Championship.
Prior to his exit, Rahman had technically been Chelsea’s longest-serving player, despite having not made an appearance for them in seven years. This title has now passed to another unlikely and forgotten player: Ethan Ampadu. The Welsh international made his senior debut for the Blues six years ago aged just 16, but has made just 12 appearances for them in total – with just one coming in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Clear Out
With just one-year left on his contract, Ampadu is also expected to depart west London for good this summer, as Mauricio Pochettino continues his clear out. 10 players have so far been sold or released, with over £188m raised in sales.
It’s been a long journey for Baba Rahman at Chelsea and he can now look forward to starting a new chapter in his career at PAOK. The Blues have raised a significant amount of money from player sales this summer and it looks like there could be more departures on the horizon as Mauricio Pochettino continues to shape his squad.
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