Tiémoué Bakayoko really wants to stay at Milan, and he’s telling anyone that will listen to him for more than 15 minutes about his desire to stay and not go back to Chelsea.
Bakayoko was quoted as saying:
Things are going well for the club and I right now.
There wasn’t a turning point. I just wanted to show that I was good enough for a big club. Milan are on a different planet.
I was greeted by Maldini and Leonardo on my first day and and you immediately realise who you’re dealing with.
Then you have the atmosphere at San Siro, which is extraordinary. Milan are a legendary club. Who wouldn’t like to stay at a club like Milan for a long time?
Having said that, I’m still under contract with Chelsea for the next three years. I don’t have all the cards.
Gattuso’s someone who gives everything to his players and transmits many good things.
He’s like how he was as a player: direct, frank, straight to the point. He doesn’t cheat and doesn’t mince his words.
Even though he can be tough, he always tells you things for your own good. Life is good in Milan. I’ve already changed my entire wardrobe.
The weather is similar to the south of France and we eat well here. It’s an ideal place to live.
He even gets a dig in at the weather and food in London at the end of his quote.
It’s pretty obvious that Bakayoko really, really wants to stay at Milan and really, really doesn’t want to go back to the Premier League. He’s playing way better in Milan than he ever did at Chelsea, so perhaps this move would be the best for all involved. Let’s hope that Leonardo is able to make the deal permanent.
On to the links.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
A deal has reportedly been made between OGC Nice and Milan for Allan Saint-Maximin. [AC Milan Offside]
World Football Links
Brentford beat London non-league rivals Barnet to advance in the FA Cup. [BBC.com]