Tiemoue Bakayokos agent speaks out on possible return to Chelsea in January


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Tiemoue Bakayoko has badly struggled during a loan spell at AC Milan (Picture: Getty)

Tiemoue Bakayokos agent has rubbished rumours that the midfielder could be set for an early return to Chelsea after a nightmare start at AC Milan.

The 24-year-old was sent on loan to the San Siro ahead of the 2018/19 campaign on the back on of a disappointing debut season at Chelsea under Antonio Conte.

Bakayoko appeared to be offered a lifeline as Conte was dismissed in the summer but the Italians replacement, Maurizio Sarri, had no place for the Frenchman in his plans at Stamford Bridge.

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AC Milan have the option to make the move permanent for €35million (£31m) at the end of the season but Gennaro Gattuso has been scathing with his assessment of Bakayoko in recent weeks.

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Asked about a possible return to Chelsea in January, Bakayokos agent Federico Pastorello told Calciomercato: Bakayoko is happy in Milan and Milan are happy with him.

Bakayoko will not be returning to Chelsea this winter (Picture: Getty)

It was known he would need a bit of time, but everyone is convinced he can contribute a lot to their season.

All this chatter about a return to Chelsea in January is completely unfounded.

AC Milan boss Gattuso has been critical of the Frenchman (Picture: Getty)

Gattuso recently claimed Bakayoko had defects in his game, with the France international only making four league appearances this term.

Bakayoko has to learn how to get the ball, Gattuso said earlier this month.

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We must work correctly. It will not be easy. One week is not enough to remove the defects of a player.

I would have preferred to be managing older, more experienced club players.

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