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Chelsea's forgotten man seals seventh loan move, he's only played 23 games for them since 2015

Jack Kenmare

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Chelsea's forgotten man seals seventh loan move, he's only played 23 games for them since 2015

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Baba Rahman will embark on a seventh loan spell away from parent club Chelsea for the 2022/23 campaign.

The 28-year-old defender, who signed for the Blues from FC Augsburg in 2015 for a reported £22 million, has made just 23 appearances in his Chelsea career to date.

In fact, Rahman hasn't played for the Premier League outfit since 2016 after spending the last few years on loan at Schalke, Reims, Mallorca, PAOK and Reading.

He impressed on loan at Championship side Reading last season, making 29 starts for Paul Ince's side as they narrowly avoided relegation.

And the Royals have decided to extend Rahman's loan deal at the club for another season.

"A natural left-back with experience has been a clear priority in our recruitment plans," Ince said. "Our fans know all about what Baba can bring to this squad and what we are trying to achieve this season."

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

The attacking full-back's move to Reading brought plenty of reaction from social media.

One fan said: "Baba Rahman has been at Chelsea Football Club since 2015. He played a grand total of 23 games for the club, 4 as a substitute, and somehow managed to still be on the books until 2024. This is crazy!"

Another commented on the move, saying: "Chelsea defender Baba Rahman has re-signed for Reading on a season-long loan deal. Yes, he's still on Chelsea's books."

A third wrote: "Seven years at this football club and probably ain't played a game for at least five years in the league if not more. Why is he still on this club's books? It's shocking."

Reading are certainly delighted to have him on board and after the transfer was completed, head of football operations Mark Bowen opened up about the move.

"Through his energetic and powerful performances on the pitch and his infectious character off it, Baba became something of a fans favourite here at Reading," he said.

"Since the day his loan spell ended in the summer, we have been hoping to bring him back and I am pleased we have been able to secure his services for the 2022-23 campaign."

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, Transfers, Reading, EFL Championship

Jack Kenmare
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