THERE AND BAK AGAIN Chelsea will be forced into £10m loss as reject Bakayoko vows to pay for himself by getting AC Milan into Champions League

The Blues £40million midfielder is now resurrecting his career in Italy after a torrid time at Stamford Bridge


Posted Friday, March 08, 2019 by Thesun.co.uk

CHELSEA loanee Tiemoue Bakayoko has vowed to seal a permanent transfer away from Stamford Bridge by getting AC Milan into the Champions League.

The French midfielder, 24, joined the Blues from Monaco in 2017 for a whopping £40million - but failed to shine in his first season at the club.

THERE AND BAK AGAIN Chelsea will be forced into £10m loss as reject Bakayoko vows to pay for himself by getting AC Milan into Champions League
AC Milan want to sign Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko on a permanent basis

Bakayoko - at the time Chelsea's second-most expensive player ever - was shipped off on loan to Italy, where he has since resurrected his once-promising career.

The Serie A giants currently hold an option to buy the player for £30million at the end of the season and Bakayoko has hinted he wants the move to be made permanent - a situation that would leave Chelsea at a £10m loss.

However, the 24-year-old revealed any chance on the cash-strapped club landing his signature depends on their ability to secure a return to the Champions League.

The former Monaco star told France Football: "When I think of my future, it is a total blur. I cannot empty my head.

THERE AND BAK AGAIN Chelsea will be forced into £10m loss as reject Bakayoko vows to pay for himself by getting AC Milan into Champions League
Bakayoko endured a miserable spell at Stamford Bridge

"I'm doing everything to qualify for the Champions League. It's been five years since the Milan fans have heard the Champions League anthem and I want to be there the next time it sounds in San Siro.

"I'm having a good season, I'm very grateful to Milan. I'm very happy here, although at first, I was criticised. But it's normal, they expected more, there is no problem."

Gennaro Gattuso's side are currently third in Serie A, four points clear of fifth-place Roma, and face bottom-of-the-table Chievo on Saturday.

Last month, Bakayoko opened up on his hellish time in West London - claiming the club "didn't want him".

The one-cap France star admitted: "I left Chelsea because I felt that the club did not want me anymore.

"Of course, I was sorry. I've been there for a year, it did not go as I had expected.

"[Leaving] was a simple and difficult decision at the same time to be taken because Chelsea are Chelsea and I do not think I have shown my skills, so it is unpleasant.

"It was an easy decision instead because I do not think the coach was counting on me and Milan is difficult to refuse.

"What went wrong at Chelsea? Everything was going right up to a particular moment.

"It was not a simple thing to live and it was probably my first hard time in my career: To be in a club that does not want you for the following season."

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