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Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed his failed stint in Chelsea has helped him develop as a better footballer.

“I left Chelsea because I felt that the club didn’t want me anymore. I was disappointed, obviously. I stayed for a year, which didn’t go according to plan.

“It was an easy and difficult decision to make [to leave] because Chelsea is Chelsea, and I didn’t think I showed what I was capable of there, so as a competitor, that’s disappointing. I was an easy decision however because I don’t think the manager was counting on me, and AC Milan is hard to refuse. It happened fast; I wasn’t unhappy but sad […] it went fast from the moment I knew for sure that Milan wanted me.

Bakayoko says he learnt from Chelsea failure

“I’m not going to lie, you take a hit. […] It was not an easy thing to live through, and it was probably the first bad moment of my career. Being in a club that doesn’t want you for next season, it was not easy but I think you have to experience moments like this. It helped me a lot to go through [that]; I’m more ready to face difficult moments now, I think I’m more prepared.”

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