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Reports had claimed Tiemoue Bakayoko will return to Chelsea in January after failing to impress AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso.

The midfielder struggled to impress after arriving from Monaco for £40 million in the summer of 2017 and joined AC Milan on loan during the summer with the Italian club having an option to make the loan deal permanent.

Federico Pastorello, the intermediary of Bakayoko’s loan move to AC Milan, insists the 24-year-old midfielder will not return to Chelsea in January.

“Bakayoko is happy at AC Milan and the club is happy with what he is doing,” Pastorello told

“We knew he would take time to adapt, but everybody believes that he will help the team during the season. Any speculation about his return to Chelsea is simply untrue.”

Bakayoko has made only two starts for AC Milan, both in the Europa League, with his four Serie A appearances all coming as a substitute.

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