Chelsea defender Baba Rahman close to Schalke loan switch

VELDEN, AUSTRIA - JULY 20: Baba Rahman of Chelsea in action during the friendly match between WAC RZ Pellets and Chelsea F.C. at Worthersee Stadion on July
Image: Baba Rahman is training with Schalke ahead of a move from Chelsea

Schalke are closing in on completing the season-long loan signing of Chelsea defender Baba Rahman.

The seven-time title winners have confirmed Rahman is travelling with the squad to their training camp.

The Bundesliga outfit said on Twitter: "Abdul Rahman #Baba is travelling with the #Schalke squad to the training camp. #s04".

Rahman, 22, joined Chelsea from Augsburg only last summer, signing a five-year deal at the club, and provided cover for first-choice left-back Cesar Azpilicueta last season.

The Ghana international made 23 appearances in all competitions for the Blues during the 2015/16 campaign, but has been deemed surplus to requirements by new head coach Antonio Conte. 

Antonio Conte and Cesar Azpilicueta during a Chelsea training session
Image: Antonio Conte alongside Chelsea left-back Cesar Azpilicueta at pre-season training

Conte is currently shaping his squad ahead of his first season at Chelsea and has already allowed a number of younger players leave the club on loan, including Nathan Ake, Charly Musonda and Lewis Baker. 

Rahman spent three years in Germany prior to joining Chelsea, spending two seasons at Bundesliga 2 side Greuther Furth, where he made 48 appearances, scoring twice. 

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He then moved to Bundesliga side Augsburg in August 2014 and impressed during his one and only season at the club, playing 31 times before completing a move to Chelsea.

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