Tiemoue Bakayoko relishing the chance to emulate former mentor Claude Makelele
‘Claude Makelele is an example to aspire to. So to have the chance to follow in his footsteps here at Chelsea is a real motivation. Claude sought me out immediately and told me he believed in me, counted on me, and what I had to work on so I could offer more on the pitch.I knew the glittering career he’d had as one of the best midfielders in the world, so it was important to take on board every word he told me. Over time I felt I did improve as a player, and a lot of that was down to Claude. He still helps me now that I am here in England. ‘Since I started playing football I’ve always dreamed about playing for certain clubs. Chelsea was certainly one of those. When I was little I was inspired by Didier Drogba, and my family always spoke to me about Makelele, so Chelsea’s always been a club that attracted me.’
Makelele on Kante and Bakayoko:
“[Kanté] enjoys the job. He plays for his team-mates. He’s not selfish. Every manager in the world wants a player like that in his team. He produces the quality with his plays and his runs but that’s not all, he does the defensive work too. He has got everything a complete midfielder has. He is the perfect fit for the system Conte has put on the pitch.”
“I met [Bakayoko] when I was working in Monaco and I pushed him to make that position his own. He defends with such quality now. [Kante and Bakayoko] are so much stronger together. Kante runs a lot, Bakayoko is more of a dribbler, he’s more clever and powerful in possession.”
-Claude Makélélé; source: Evening Standard
“I think the most important thing in football is to remember your individual challenges come through the team’s goals and the challenges facing the team. So last year, for example, I won the title with Monaco and this year my main objective is to win the title with Chelsea.
“I really think that if we manage to defend the Premier League title that will be an incredible achievement and over and above even what I achieved at Monaco, because of the difficulty of the league here. It’s all about the team and I’m very dedicated now to achieving the goals we have set ourselves.”
-Tiemoué Bakayoko; source: Chelsea FC
“The Champions League has a different feeling to it, compared to other competitions. It is the number one competition in the world. It’s always been my dream to play in the Champions League and win it. I am really determined to start the competition with Chelsea. Since I was young, I have had a good career and I gained a lot of experience last season. Chelsea is a great club, they always want to win trophies. So, it is certainly very important for me give my best for the club. The Champions League puts the pressure on us, especially when playing for a very big club like Chelsea. Chelsea want to win so we want that atmosphere and that pressure.“
-Tiemoué Bakayoko; source: London Evening Standard
“It was the first game for Baka. Sometimes – I was a player – and sometimes the motivation brings you to get over your physical condition if you’re not at the top. Great stadium, great opponent, great atmosphere, it brought him to have an amazing performance, but for sure he can improve, and he needs to adapt more to our style of football.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC
Tiemoue Bakayoko escaped his full debut for the club unscathed, lasting the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s 2-1 win against Tottenham. Bakayoko’s knee injury, which required surgery at the end of last season, delayed his arrival in west London and threatened to wreck Chelsea’s transfer plans altogether. But the 23-year-old secured his move in July, allowing Conte to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United for a reported £40 million.
Welcome to the family Tiemoue Bakayoko!
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Man United set to hijack another Chelsea transfer
According to The Sun, Manchester United are set to hijack Chelsea’s pursuit of AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Bakayoko’s transfer to Chelsea seemed like a foregone conclusion, and many of us were just awaiting official confirmation. However, it looks as though we may have hit a bump in the road, and Man United have taken full advantage.
As per The Sun, Monaco grew frustrated with the speed of Chelsea’s negotiations to sign Bakayoko, or rather lack there of, and the deal has subsequently stalled.
The tabloid believe that if United are unable to sign Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, they will turn to Bakayoko.
It would be the second time in the space of a week that Jose Mourinho has swooped in and stolen a player from his former employers, after the Red Devils agreed a deal to sign Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku.
Let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed that the deal still goes through.
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Chelsea set to splash £125M on three transfer targets next week
Chelsea are set to spend a combined £125M on three of Antonio Conte’s transfer targets, according to the Telegraph.
The Telegraph report that Chelsea are in the process of concluding the signing of AS Monaco midfield general Tiemoue Bakayoko. It is reported that the Blues will spend £35M on the Frenchman, as Conte looks to strengthen his midfield.
While negotiations are underway to sign Bakayoko, the Telegraph believe that Chelsea have agreed a fee with AS Roma to sign centre-back Antonio Rudiger, who looks to be a direct replacement for Nathan Ake, who has joined AFC Bournemouth.
Chelsea are not done there, however. As per the Telegraph, Chelsea are hopeful that they there will be progression in their pursuit of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro next week. It is believed that we are prepared to offer a club-record £60M in order to get the deal done.
It is exciting times for Chelsea fans, hold onto your hats.