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Abdul Rahman Baba should stay at Chelsea, say Goal readers

00:20 BST 26/07/2017
Abdul Rahman Baba of Chelsea
Could the Ghana international convince Antonio Conte to keep him on at Stamford Bridge?


Abdul Rahman Baba should stay at Chelsea and aim to convince Antonio Conte of his quality this season, according to Goal readers, who want the Ghana international to remain at Stamford Bridge.

The left-back has endured a tough time since moving to West London from Augsburg in the summer of 2015.

After sitting out much of his first campaign on the sidelines under Jose Mouinho and then Guus Hiddink—making just 15 appearances during what was, admittedly, a testing campaign for the Pensioners.

Last season, Antonio Conte quickly decided the defender wasn’t for him, and offloaded the wideman to Schalke 04 on loan.

Baba had to overcome considerable competition in Germany, with Dennis Aogo and Sead Kolasinac both vying for a starting spot.

He made 13 league outings before Ghana’s Nations Cup campaign, where a knee injury prematurely ended his tournament…and his season.

The defender’s been told that discussions on his future will take place when he’s fully recovered and back in training—with his return anticipated to be at the end of the month—although it would be a surprise if Conte kept him at the club after Baba’s troubles last term.

A move away from the Pensioners appears most likely, with Everton, Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth just some of the clubs linked to his signature.

Similarly, Schalke have also been named as potential suitors, and the defender may relish a return to the Bundesliga, where he’s sure to have unfinished business.

However, Goal readers who responded to a recent poll believe that Chelsea would be the best destination for the defender next season.

35 percent of those who responded voted for the Blues, while a return to Schalke was the next most popular option, with 20 percent of respondents keen to see Baba back in the Bundesliga.