Out-on-loan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed the reasons why he felt forced to leave Chelsea in the summer.
Bakayoko was considered one of the most promising young midfielders in the world when Chelsea forked out to sign him in the summer of 2017. He had enjoyed one hell of a season at AS Monaco, but was unable to replicate his best performance level in a Chelsea shirt.
The Frenchman fell out of favour at Stamford Bridge and was quite clearly not to the taste of new manager Maurizio Sarri. A loan move away from the club seemed inevitable, with AC Milan picking him up for the season with an option to buy for around €40M.
Bakayoko has turned his career around at the San Siro. His stock’s on the rise, which could be to Chelsea’s benefit, but it doesn’t sound as though he would feel welcome back in SW6. Speaking to the media, Bakayoko is quoted by Calciomercato saying:
“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. It 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.”
It’s a shame that Bakayoko felt as though he was ushered out the exit door at Chelsea, but after the season he endured, it’s no surprise. Only time will tell if his recent resurgence will convince the club to give him one last chance, or rather cash-in.