PAOK: Baba Rahman’s return is official!

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PAOK: Baba Rahman’s return is official!

Back to PAOK after two years for him Abdul Baba Rahman! The 29-year-old left back was released from the club a few days ago Chelseawas found yesterday in Thessaloniki and today it was announced by the “two-headed man of the north”.

The Ghanaian winger has signed a contract with the “black and white” until June 30, 2026.

In his first term in PAOK The Baba Rahman made 17 appearances with 1 goal and 1 assist, while he has also played for Reading, Groeter Firth, Augsburg, Schalke, Chelsea, Reims and Mallorca, and is capped 51 times with Ghana (with 1 goal).

The announcement in detail:

PAEK PAOK announces the acquisition of Baba Rahman by transfer from Chelsea. The Ghanaian full-back signed a contract with Dikefalos until June 30, 2026.

Born in Tamale, Ghana on the 2nd of July 1994, Baba made his first steps in football with the local Young Meteors and in 2010 he was transferred to Dreams FC, with whom he played for the first time at a professional level in the second division.

His impressive performances earned him… promotion to the top division and Asante Kotoko, who acquired him on loan.

The player entered the watchlist of many scouts from big teams, such as Manchester City and Arsenal, but he made the step to Europe for Groeter Firth who offered him a leading role in the Bundesliga. A move that turned out to be the right one. His team may not have been able to stay in the division, but Baba’s presence was outstanding. He stayed at Greuther for one more season in the 2.Bundesliga and then moved to Augsburg.

With 31 games and five assists, Baba impressed Chelsea who spent 14 million euros to bring him to London. He signed a five-year contract with the Blues and played in 23 games in the 2015-16 season, immediately finding a role for his new team despite high competition.

The following season found him on loan at Schalke. A return to the Bundesliga was what was needed, but misfortune would knock on his door for the first time. He managed to play in 19 games, scoring once and dishing out two assists, before suffering a knee injury and missing the rest of the season. He returned at the end of the 2017-18 season and stayed with the Royal Blues for a further six months before moving to France and Reims.

There, in one semester, he found a rhythm, played in 11 games with one goal and one assist. He returned to London, but another loan spell followed with Mallorca, who had just been promoted to La Liga. A knee injury did not allow him to get much playing time so he returned to England to fully recover and return to the pitches.

In January 2021, Baba came to PAOK on loan from Chelsea. The Ghanaian defender in half a season played in 17 games, scored once and provided one assist, while also winning the Greek Cup of the 2020-21 season.

His loan ended and he returned to London to leave immediately after for Reading.

The Ghanaian played for two seasons in the Championship, making 49 appearances and one assist, .

Baba made his debut with the Ghana National Team in 2014 and is a member of the team to date with 51 appearances, 1 goal and eight assists, being a finalist at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Baba accepted PAOK’s offer and returned to Thessaloniki to wear the black and white jersey for the next three years.

Welcome Baba!

Source: Sport Fm

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