Loaned out by Chelsea for the season to Milan, Tiémoué Bakayoko has a season to prove to the Serie A side he’s worth spending an extra €35m on top of the €5m they’ve already given the Blues for his temporary services.
Bought by Roman Abramovich’s side for £40m or so to try and help Antonio Conte keep hold of his Premier League title, the defensive midfielder never managed to convince like he did at Monaco, and was eventually pushed a bit more to one side towards the end of the season.
Even if it didn’t quite go to plan, Bakayoko doesn’t regret his move to the Premier League, as he told the press when presented on Friday by Milan.
Relayed by Calciomercato.it, he said: “I’m happy of my experience there. I got to know things that can help me in the future. I learnt a lot and now I’m really motivated here”.
However, swapping Chelsea for Milan might not be as much of a shock to the system as he might have first thought, as he explained after having had his first few days under his new manager.
He said: “Gattuso is similar to Conte. He does things with passion and I’ve noted similarities. I especially saw it in the first training sessions”.
Hopefully for the player, the season will go well, and Chelsea will get their money, seeing as Maurizio Sarri seemingly couldn’t find a space for him in his tactical plans.