TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO CONFIDENT HE CAN SILENCE HIS DOUBTERS

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Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Italian side AC Milan on a season-long loan after Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri deemed him surplus to requirement at Chelsea.

Bakayoko failed to live up to his £40million price tag while at Chelsea and has also found it difficult since moving to Italy.

Despite his struggles at AC Milan, Bakayoko is confident he can silence his doubters.

“I don’t like being whistled, but I understand it. I hope they applaud me soon,” Bakayoko told Sky Sport Italia.

“I have done good things but I am only at the beginning. I hope to be decisive and to help Milan re-enter the top four in Serie A.

“Franck Kessie? He has helped me adjust a lot, above all with the language. I hope to speak Italian soon.”

Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has recently adopted a 4-3-3 formation.

“The 4-4-2 is the formation I prefer, but even in a 4-3-3 I found myself playing well in the last game,” Bakayoko added.

“My position has changed, but I believe that I have done well. I have been able to help the team more.

“I am upset about the result against Juventus, but this is football. I am happy with how I played.’

The 24-year-old also believes he is now fully integrated into the Milan squad.

Bakayoko told MilanTV: “I’m not a better player than I was a month ago, I’m the same player you all saw at the beginning.

“Maybe I feel better within the team, I am able to store all the necessary information concerning tactical, technical aspects and positioning on the pitch.

“I feel more confident compared to a few weeks ago. I needed to play for this to happen and now I am finally making progress.”

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