Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed that he is trying to make a permanent move of out Stamford Bridge happen so that he can extend his stay at AC Milan
The Chelsea outcast has made thoughts regarding his Chelsea future public, adding that staying at AC Milan is what he is “dreaming” about. The midfielder was a £40 million signing for the Blues in the summer of 2017, but struggled for form and game time, not helped by untimely injuries, and was eventually sent out on loan after just one season, miserably failing to adapt to life in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has somehow recovered from a similarly unsatisfactory start to life in Italy, establishing himself as a regular in Gennaro Gattuso’s starting eleven. All this has seen the 24-year-old admit that he is hoping the San Siro club will activate their €40 million purchase option so that they can make the deal a permanent one come the the end of the current term.
But only a Serie A top four spot, which will secure the fallen European giants’ stated Champions League football ambition, will be the deciding factor to any such deal. “I heard what Leonardo (Milan sporting director) said,” Bakayoko told Corriere dello Sport.
“But I’m not in a position to be talk about it. It’s a matter for Milan and Chelsea . Staying at Milan is my dream, the only thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea. I just want to finish the season in fourth place, then we’ll think about it.”
Milan are currently fourth in the Serie A table, just a point clear of fellow European hopefuls Roma as they prepare for a huge clash against the capital club on Sunday night.
Bakayako was one of the driving forces behind a youthful and exciting Monaco team upsetting all in front of them to clinch the Ligue 1 title, a the expense of moneybags PSG, and also reaching the Champions League semifinals, knocking out the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and Dortmund, two years back.
When he moved to Chelsea, it seemed that the club has just conducted a coup, but the Frenchman could not adjust to the fast pace of the Premier League, but one hopes that he can rediscover his form from 2016-17, and gets back to enjoying life on the pitch.