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Tiemoue Bakayako signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2017 as the Blues paid £40m to bring the Frenchman from Monaco.

Bakayoko was part of the Monaco team that won the league and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, and the Frenchman was a huge part of that side.

However, his first season didn’t turn out well as he struggled to adapt to the pace and intensity of the English game.

There were no second chances for the 24-year-old who was sent out on loan to AC Milan last summer.

Bakayoko has now admitted that he’d have loved a second season at Chelsea to help him adapt to the Premier League, but the Chelsea board weren’t keen on keeping him, hence his departure to Milan.

“I think it [the decision] came from above. The club weren’t doing well, wanted change, and I was a part of it,” said Bakayoko.

“Sarri arrived, and he was told that’s how things were. He also brought in his midfielder, Jorginho.

“A second season at Chelsea could have allowed me to settle, but I felt the need to leave.”

Bakayoko’s career at AC Milan didn’t also turn out well and the club were already thinking of terminating his season-long loan deal as early as possible. However, the 24-year-old picked up form gradually and is now a key player in the team.

Bakayoko has thanked Milan for sticking with him during his struggling days.

“It was an important career choice because I’m already on my fourth club,” said Bakayoko.

“That’s a lot for a 24-year-old. Leonardo is the one who contacted me.

“If I had to leave, it was for Milan because that club made me dream when I was a kid. I really am grateful for the chance they have given me.”

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