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Chelsea signed Tiemoue Bakayoko for a transfer fee of £40m from Monaco, but the Frenchman struggled to make impact at Stamford Bridge in his first year in England.

Much was expected from the 24-year-old who was tasked with replacing Nemanja Matic, but he failed to live up to expectations.

Bakayoko was then sent on loan to AC Milan, and after struggling initially, the 24-year-old has been in good form in recent weeks, and he’s even considering remaining at the San Siro club.

“I heard what Leonardo said, but I’m not in a position to talk about it. It’s an issue that concerns Milan and Chelsea,” Bakayoko told Corriere dello Sport.

“Staying at Milan is my dream and the fixed thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea.

“Right now I just want to finish the season in the top four. After that we’ll think about it.”

AC Milan have the option to trigger Bakayoko’s signing for just €35m (£30.7m) at the end of the season, and there are speculations that they are willing to trigger the option since his return to form.

Bakayoko struggled during his initial stages at San Siro to the point where Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso threatened to cut short his loan deal.

“Bakayoko needs to be helped, as he is struggling,” said Gattuso.

“The tactics haven’t been drilled into his head yet and evidently it’s my fault, we need to do more work with him in training.

“He has been here for two months and we haven’t yet been able to get him to understand the movements.

“It is our duty to improve him as a player, because he does have a lot of quality and we’re not finding that yet.”

Despite his initial struggles at the time, Bakayoko was 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.”

And now, the Chelsea reject is doing well in San Siro. We wish him well.

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  1. It’s my 6th year of Chelsea fun. It gives me joy when watching the stylish soccer from Eden and it’s amazing. Long live Chelsea. Am sure next season we shall play in champions league

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