Bakayoko defends Monaco return

Tiemoue Bakayoko is happy to return to Monaco from Chelsea.

Tiemoue Bakayoko says he is delighted to be back with Monaco and does not see it as a step down after leaving Chelsea.

Bakayoko left Monaco for Chelsea in a deal worth £40million back in 2017 but the move did not go to plan and he has returned on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

The move has been viewed by some as a step back in his career but the 25-year-old disagrees and says the future is bright with the Ligue 1 side.

“Lots of people will perhaps say that I am taking a step back by coming to Monaco but I see it differently,” he said. “My two experiences abroad allowed me to play a lot, contrary to what a lot of people have said.

“My season in Milan brought me a lot in terms of new avenues of football and professionalism. I have taken a lot of positive things away from it.

“The club is what is important today. I do not think about my personal ambitions. I want to try to perform well on the pitch to help the club reach its objectives. Les Bleus, I think about it, but it will come as and when.

“I come back with a new standing, I really want to bring to this group what I have learned and to try to transmit more confidence here.”