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Baba Rahman joined Chelsea from Augsburg in 2015 for a fee of £23m, and the left-back was expected to blossom in the Chelsea colours.
The Ghana international was signed under the watch of Jose Mourinho and he made a couple of appearances under the Portuguese. However, Rahman wasn’t really given a chance under Antonio Conte, and he has now revealed how the former Chelsea boss forced him out of the club.
Speaking to Gary Al-Smith, Rahman explained why he was so keen on leaving Chelsea immediately after Conte took over.
“I left Chelsea because I didn’t get on well with Conte,” he said.
“When he arrived, I had a first meeting with him before the season ended. He told me how he wanted to play and how I can be in the team if I decide to stay.
“During the preseason, the way he was reacting to me, I didn’t like it.
“I went to speak to the sporting director and told him my worries.
“In the first meeting, he told me to keep calm and keep working hard. This was in London. Then we went to Austria, and it started getting worse.
“When we went to Austria, I spoke to the sporting director. I said I couldn’t take this anymore.
“They said what do I want to do? I said I would prefer to leave. They said the club doesn’t want to sell me. I said if that is so, I prefer to go on loan somewhere.”