Bakayoko: No Regrets Signing For ‘Great’ Chelsea

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Tiemoue Bakayoko made the switch to Chelsea from Monaco in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £40m.

The Frenchman was a key part of the Monaco squad that won the French Ligue One and also reached the semifinals of the Champions League.

Chelsea pushed for his signing under Antonio Conte, but Bakayoko failed to impress in as many games. Maurizio Sarri became Bakayoko’s successor but failed to give the midfielder a chance and he was then shipped on loan to Serie A side AC Milan.

After struggling initially with AC, Bakayoko began to impress, but the Milan club refused to activate their option to sign him.

Current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard didn’t see Bakayoko as a part of his team and he has now been shipped back to Monaco on another loan deal.

Bakayoko is currently doing well in the French club, but he has refused to regret a move to Stamford Bridge as well as AC Milan, insisting they are two great clubs.

He said, relayed by Eurosport: “Playing in those two great clubs [Chelsea and Milan] helped me develop, helped become who I am today. I don’t really want to talk about Chelsea because I don’t want to get on their bad side.

“There are reasons. There are things that aren’t explainable. Things that will stay between me and them. It didn’t click, at least not how I wanted to. Yes, there’s a bit of disappointment, but sometimes in life there’s disappointment but you need to carry on”.

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