Rahman: Schalke are a top club

Baba Rahman has revealed he is happy with his new team following his season-long loan move from Premier League outfit Chelsea to Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04.

The 22-year-old has featured in every single one of Schalke’s six encounters in the league, German Cup and Europa League thus far, garnering two victories.

The Ghana international felt Schalke’s performances against FC Bayern München and Nice bolstered their confidence levels, while revealing the importance of reuniting with coach Markus Weinzierl.

“We picked up a lot of self-confidence from our games against Bayern and Nice, yet we still weren’t able to play how we know we can – and had already shown – in the first half against Berlin,” he told the Bundesliga’s official website.

“I’m seeing the same coach I remember from my Augsburg days. He’s always got time for all of his players, if ever you have a problem.

“Of course that’s particularly important for me because he gives me the feeling that he totally believes in me, and that’s very important, particularly for a young player.

“Just like at Augsburg, he places a lot of the emphasis on playing down the flanks and that’s something I’m particularly suited to, given that I’m an attack-minded full-back.”

The Dreams F.C. graduate also spoke of the difference between the fans of Schalke and Chelsea, as well as the main differences between the two leagues.

“Chelsea are a huge club who have already won the Champions League,” he added. “Of course the Blues have great support too, but Schalke is still something else.

“I don’t have any figures at hand, but just my feeling tells me that more Schalke fans travel to away games.

“I think the football in the Premier League is more robust and physical than in the Bundesliga where, on the other hand, a more refined game is played.

“The old cliche that they only play a long-ball game in England isn’t true anymore, and there are great footballers and coaches in both leagues, but I’d say the Bundesliga is tactically more sophisticated than the Premier League.”

Rahman concluded by revealing how he ended up at Schalke – after a discussion with Antonio Conte.

“In pre-season, the new coach Antonio Conte told me ‘Baba, you’re a very good player, but we’re not playing in Europe this season and have no Champions League games so you’re not going to play too often,” Rahman explained.

“When Schalke’s offer game in, I was convinced that I had to take it. Schalke are a great club and the coach is counting on me. It couldn’t get any better.”

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