Ghanaian left-back Abdul Baba Rahman has revealed the reason he was sent out on loan to German club Schalke was because he was considered 'too offensive' by newly appointed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

The 22-year-old completed a season-long loan deal to the Bundesliga club after what was, by all accounts, a tough debut season in Premier League football.

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Baba found himself knocked down the pecking order by reliable defender Cesar Azpilicueta, meaning that he was limited to just 15 Premier League appearances last season.

Even in recent pre-season fixtures, Conte preferred to play Chelsea youth star Ola Aina in a full-back position over Baba, who signed for the Blues for £14m last summer.

Speaking to 
​Ruhr Nachrichten, as quoted in the ​Evening Standard, about his recent return to the Bundesliga, Rahman said:

"Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told me that he wants his team to be very defensive, but I am a rather offensive full-back,

"So I would have had very little playing time. Conte advised me to leave on loan. We will see what happens after this season.

"I already know Markus Weinzierl from my time at Augsburg and we worked together very well there. He always gave me a lot of confidence. That is one of the reasons why I think Schalke were the best option for me."

When asked about what was difference between Premier League football in England compared to Bundesliga football in Germany, the 22-year-old replied:

"A lot of players in England are very powerful, whereas in Germany you see some better football.

"A lot of Premier League teams are still very much playing kick-and-rush football."

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