Schalke are in talks with Chelsea about taking Baba Rahman on loan for a second successive season, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed.
Rahman made 21 appearances for Schalke before a cruciate ligament rupture and cartilage damage in his left knee sustained while representing Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations in January brought an end to his season.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a temporary switch to Fenerbahce, but a return to Gelsenkirchen could be on the cards before the end of the transfer window.
However, Heidel insists that any move for Rahman will be weighed against how long it will take him to return to full fitness.
“We are in talks with the player, his agent and Chelsea,” Heidel told Schalke’s official website.
“Ultimately, it is about when Baba will be able to play again. No decision has been made yet.”
Conte admits Chelsea lost heads
“The sending off of Cahill was a key moment, because to play the rest of the game with 10 and then nine men is not easy,” Conte told Sky Sports referencing the FA Cup final and Community Shield, when Chelsea also had players sent off.
“In the last three official games we have finished with nine or 10 men. I have to try to adapt a new system and to anticipate this situation of playing with nine or 10 men in the next game.
“I don’t want to comment on the referee, absolutely not. We tried until the end to reach a good result against Burnley – it was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good.