Baba Rahman: Ghanaian targets Chelsea starting role

By Barney CullumBBC Sport
Baba Rahman
Baba Rahman is hoping to force his way into coach Jose Mourinho's thinking

Ghanaian defender Baba Rahman wants to secure a regular place in the Chelsea first team after making his debut in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The full-back helped the English champions keep a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The 21-year-old was expected to play only a bit-part role following his transfer from German side Ausburg.

"I'm hoping to play very, very often - my main aim is to play as many games as I can here," Rahman told BBC Sport.

Rahman revealed that compatriots Michael Essien and Christian Atsu have encouraged him to make an impact at the club.

"They gave me some top lines of advice and told me that I if push hard I can make it through," he said.

"I'm really working hard to keep the momentum going."

The former Asante Kotoko star from Tamale is already a regular for his national side after making his Black Stars bow last year.

Ghana manager Avram Grant was working as a pundit at Stamford Bridge for the Champions League tie.

Rahman said he was only "a little" happy with own performance against the Israeli title holders, but said he would leave it to his two watching coaches to write their own reviews.

"If the people in Ghana keep supporting me I can make them proud," he added.

Having won a place in the team and helped Chelsea return to winning ways, Rahman is now looking ahead to winning silverware with his new club.

"Last year we won the Premier League and Carling Cup and this year we want to win them again, we want to win them again and the Champions League. We want to win as many cups as we can."

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