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The 27-year-old Black Star explains how Royal’s manager played a very big role in luring him to Madejski Stadium
Ghana international Abdul Rahman Baba has revealed the reason why he decided to play for the EFL Championship side Reading on loan from Chelsea.
The 27-year-old left-back plays for the Royals at Madejski Stadium throughout the 2021-22 campaign, after Chelsea extended his contract but decided to loan him out, his fifth loan deal away from Stamford Bridge.
Baba, who is set to play alongside Ghanaian compatriot and international colleague Andy Yiadom in Reading, has come out to explain how Royal’s manager Veljko Paunovic played a major role in bringing him to the championship.
“I’m very happy to finally be here,” Baba said the club’s official website during his first interview. “It has been a bit back and forth, but I am excited to be here now
“My agent mentioned the interest in me; I know Reading from the years and it is a great club with a great history. So I was delighted.
“This league is really competitive. When I talked to the manager about the project that is on the way, I was really interested. That’s the main reason I’m here.
“When he mentioned the project and the club’s goals, I was really happy. It was a big interest for me right away.
“As I watch TV, this is a physical league! I really hope to get started soon. And I want this club to push for promotion, to try to get to where it belongs. ”
In a recent interview, Paunovic revealed why he moved to sign Baba, saying: “It’s no secret that recruiting an experienced left-back was a priority for us this summer, so I’m glad we’ve managed to make this deal to bring Baba to Reading.
“He is a fast, strong, physical football player who has a lot to offer the club and the players around him. Baba was really keen to be a part of our project and test himself in this tough division and I am excited to see him play for us. ”
Baba had lined up for the Royals’ debut on Saturday, but he was missing in action as they suffered a 4-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium.