Tiemoue Bakayoko had an explosive season for Monaco two years ago, and that convinced Chelsea to spend £40m to sign the French midfielder.
However, it was a disastrous season for Bakayoko as he struggled to adapt to the English game despite given more than enough time to prove himself by former boss Antonio Conte.
Conte was sacked and Maurizio Sarri was employed as the new Chelsea manager, but the current boss didn’t seem it fit to keep Bakayoko and he was eventually sent out on loan to AC Milan.
Bakayoko struggled at first in the Serie A and the Milan side nearly cut short his loan deal, but he then picked form and became an important player for Gennaro Gattuso.
Everything was going well for Bakayoko until he clashed with AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso during AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Bologna earlier this month.
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.
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.”
Reports now claim Bakayoko will be returning to the club this summer as AC Milan will refuse to pay £35m to secure him.
One must think: what’s the way forward for Bakayoko?
Could the rejected stone now become a valuable stone at Chelsea next season?