Tiemoue Bakayoko is definitely set to return to Chelsea at the end of the season after clashing with AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso during AC Milan’s Monday 2-1 win over Bologna.
AC Milan boss Gattuso asked Bakayoko to warm up after Lucas Biglia suffered a first-half injury and after a conversation between the pair with Bakayoko appearing to tell Gattuso to f*** off, the AC Milan boss brought on Jose Mauri instead and Bakayoko remained on the bench for the remainder of the game.
Bakayoko joined Milan on a season-long loan from Chelsea with the Italian club having the option to sign him permanently but following the incident on Monday, Bakayoko is now set to return to Chelsea at the end of the season.
Speaking about the incident, Gattuso said: “I told Bakayoko to warm up, he took his time and I chose Mauri.
“I have 27 players, we wear a glorious shirt and I must be objective and honest in everything I do. I waited seven or eight minutes, he still had not put on his shin pads so I made that choice.”
Bakayoko has now responded to reports claiming he told Gattuso to f*** off during AC Milan’s Monday 2-1 win over Bologna.
Bakayoko didn’t deny he told Gattuso to f*** off but insisted he was only repeating the words of Gennaro Gattuso.
“For a few weeks people have been talking about me in the press but I decided to say nothing and continue working,” Bakayoko wrote on Instagram.
“But what happened tonight and the interpretation that was given that required me to react immediately because I do not accept that I am a player who refuses to take to the field when his coach asks him to and who does not respect his club and his team-mates.
“Despite starting on the bench I was ready to give 200 per cent even if I only played 5 minutes tonight.
“When Lucas (Biglia) began to suffer on the ground, I was asked to prepare for the change. So I prepared myself immediately and went to warm up for a maximum of 2/3 minutes.”
He continued: “Then I was asked to return to the bench. Everything passes I think between 23 and 26 minutes
“It was when I sat on the bench that the coach spoke to me in unexpected terms and I only repeated his words. Nothing more.
“Let me be clear: I have never refused to come into play and I do not have to drag myself to warm up. It seems to me that the images speak for themselves.
“I had only one desire which was to enter the field and help my team-mates as I have always done and as I will do until the end of the season. Forza Milan.”