Baba Rahman frustrated with bit-part Chelsea role

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Baba Rahman had admitted he is unhappy with the lack of playing time he's had in his first six months at Chelsea.

The Ghana left-back, signed from Augsburg for an initial £14 million, told German magazine Sport Bild that his three Premier League starts are a disappointing return.

“Of course it’s frustrating for any footballer to sit in the stands and I don’t want to experience that too much more,” Rahman said.


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“As a young player, you have to get used to such a big club and a world-class league. For me the first half of the season was pretty OK but in the second half I really want to play more. Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world.”

Despite the Premier League champions' horrific season so far, where they lie in 14th place after off-field drama and on-field incompetence, the 21-year-old hasn't been able to dislodge Branislav Ivanovic or Cesar Azpilicueta from the starting 11.

He was bought by Jose Mourinho, who has a history of barely using new signings. In fact, Rahman replaced Filipe Luis, who only started nine games after his £15.8 million transfer from Atletico Madrid.

Juan Cuadrado came in for £23.3 million in January 2015, played 362 minutes and left for Juventus shortly after. Similar situations occurred with Andre Schurrle, Loic Remy and Mohamed Salah.

But Rahman only has good things to say about Mourinho. “He always gave me tips on how to improve both defensively and going forward,” he said. “I liked him right from the first moment. Every player would benefit from working with him.”

Mourinho has since left Stamford Bridge and, with Chelsea ruling out potential loan moves for the Ghanaian, Rahman now aims to force his way into interim manager Guus Hiddink's plans.

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