Tiémoué Bakayoko hasn’t been able to convince any of his managers at Chelsea and that has resulted in him going out on loan for the past three seasons.
After temporary spells at AC Milan and AS Monaco, the Blues allowed the midfielder to join Napoli last summer.
The 26-year-old did well in the first half of this season, but his performances have been disappointing recently.
On Thursday, we covered claims made in Italy that the Blues owned player ‘absolutely wants to be integral’ at the Naples club next season and Thomas Tuchel’s side ‘have asked €18m’ to sanction his sale.
The player is represented by his brother, Abdoulaye Bakayoko, and the agent appeared as a guest on Radio Marte’s program, Si gonfia la rete. Abdoulaye spoke about the dip in his brother’s form and his plans for the rest of the season.
“He is focused on finishing the season. The goal is obviously the Champions League, he is recharging the batteries for these remaining matches,” the agent said.
“Not an easy moment? I think this drop in form was common to the whole team. He arrived on loan and there were high expectations of him and therefore he ended up more in the crosshairs of critics, he may be an example of the moment.
“He is very focused on this situation of chasing the Champions League. In the last few weeks, the situation has been this but it has involved the whole team.”
The agent of the Chelsea player also stressed his client’s future isn’t linked to Gennaro Gattuso’s continuity at Napoli.
“Will he stay in Naples only if Gattuso stays? His fate is not tied to that of the coach. There is a strong relationship with the manager but when there are discussions with the club to stay at Napoli (if there are) then we’ll see,” Abdoulaye explained.
“Today the focus is to see how the season will end and then it will be evaluated. For now, there are no appointments or discussions with the club. His stay at Napoli, however, will not be linked to Gattuso.
“Would he like to stay at Napoli? He is happy here, it’s a great club with a great history. He has not yet been able to fully experience the stadium and perhaps even the city. He is happy with this experience and is happy here.”