Bakayoko hopes for Rossoneri stay

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Tiemoue Bakayoko has indicated he wants to join AC Milan on a permanent deal from Chelsea when the transfer window reopens.

Tiemoue Bakayoko has indicated he wants to join AC Milan on a permanent deal from Chelsea when the transfer window reopens.

Bakayoko joined Chelsea in a big-money move from Monaco in the summer of 2017 but was sent out on loan to Milan last summer after a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge under former boss Antonio Conte.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who has been capped once by France, believes the Chelsea hierarchy made the decision to send him out on loan, rather than current boss Maurizio Sarri, and Bakayoko has now suggested he wants to remain with the Rossoneri.

He told France Football: ‘I think it came from above.

The club weren’t doing well, wanted change, and I was a part of it.

‘Sarri arrived, and he was told that’s how things were.

He also brought in his midfielder, Jorginho [from former side Napoli].

‘A second season at Chelsea could have allowed me to settle, but I felt the need to leave.

‘ ‘It was an important career choice [moving to the San Siro] because I’m already on my fourth club,’ he added.

‘That’s a lot for a 24-year-old.

[Milan sporting director] Leonardo is the one who contacted me.

‘If I had to leave, it was for Milan because that club made me dream when I was a kid.

I really am grateful for the chance they have given me.

‘ Milan are understood to be keen to sign Bakayoko outright, although it is thought Chelsea are keen to recoup close to the £40million they paid to sign the Frenchman from Monaco before they agree to a sale.

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