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Rossoneri Round-up for 6 March: Bakayoko said Milan was the ‘club who made me dream as a youngster’

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Tiemoue Bakayoko really wants to stay at Milan and play in the Champions League at the San Siro. Of course, with the situation surrounding Chelsea’s transfer ban, he might be recalled to London.

The French midfielder said:

I’m having a good season, I’m very grateful to Milan and I’m very happy here, even though I was criticised a lot at the beginning.

Still, it’s normal. Everyone expected more from me, so it’s no surprise. I can’t think about the future too much.

I’ll do everything to ensure Milan qualify for the next edition of the Champions League. It’s been five years since the Milan fans last heard its anthem and I want to be there when it rings around San Siro again.

We’ll see how the season ends, also because I have a contract with Chelsea, who are still a very important club to me.

Chelsea decided to make some changes and I wasn’t part of their plans. Sarri arrived and told me what his intentions were.

In addition, a man like Jorginho arrived. A second season at Chelsea would’ve allowed me to play my hand, but I felt the need to change scenery.

It was an important decision because Milan are the fourth time I’ve changed club. It’s a lot for a 24-year-old.

It was Leonardo who contacted me and I’d have only left Chelsea for Milan because they’re the club who made me dream as a youngster.

It’s interesting that he’s hedging his statements about Chelsea, as he’s been telling the press, or really anyone who stood still near him for more than five minutes, of his desire to stay at Milan after this season. A deal for him to stay at Milan will almost certainly get done, as Milan want him to stay, he wants to stay, and let’s be honest, Chelsea probably won’t have a transfer ban after all.

On to the links.

AC Milan and Italian Football Links

Alessio Romagnoli is reportedly “untouchable” and well, of course he is. [AC Milan Offsides]

Hakan Calhanoglu missed training yesterday because he flew to Germany because of the birth of his child. [AC Milan Offside]

AS Roma have an advantage over FC Porto, but the next round isn’t guaranteed. [Chiesa di Totti]

Lorenzo Insigne has been struggling to score goals. [The Siren’s Song]

World Football Links

Ajax beat Real Madrid, but don’t call it an upset. [SBNation]

Round up of the weekend in Mexico’s Liga MX. [FMF State of Mind]

Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. [Cartilage Free Captain]

Wolverhampton lost more than £1 million a week during the 2017-18 season that saw them promoted to the Premier League. [BBC.com]