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Tiemoue Bakayako’s start to life hasn’t gone according to plan since his £40million transfer from Monaco.

Bakayoko hasn’t impressed in the Chelsea midfield in recent weeks and was taken off by Antonio Conte at half-time in the 1-0 loss to West Ham.

The media and even some Chelsea fans have criticised the 23-year-old, and now his international teammate N’Golo Kante has come to his defence.

“He is training hard and giving his best,” Kante told the Evening Standard. “We have to make him play in the best way.

“Is there more of a team responsibility to get the best out of him? Yes.

“But not just Tiemoue, for everyone. We have to work together for the good of the team, for trying to win games. That is what we train to do.”

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