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Chelsea midfield Tiemoue Bakayoko has said that he hasn’t made a step down by joining Monaco from Chelsea. The Frenchman joined his former club on loan on the deadline day.

Bakayoko arrived at Stamford Bridge for a £40m fee in 2017 but failed to establish himself in the first team following abysmal performances. He was subsequently loaned out to AC Milan last season.

Bakayoko returned to feature for Chelsea in the preseason but Frank Lampard decided to loan him out in the end.

“There was a good opportunity to come back here in a very good project,” the Frenchman said.

“Lots of people will perhaps say that I am taking a step back by coming to Monaco but I see it differently.”

‘My two experiences abroad allowed me to play a lot, contrary to what a lot of people have said. My season in Milan brought me a lot in terms of new avenues of football and professionalism.”

“I have taken a lot of positive things away from it. ‘The club is what is important today. I do not think about my personal ambitions.”

” I want to try to perform well on the pitch to help the club reach its objectives. Les Bleus, I think about it, but it will come as and when.”

“I come back with a new standing, I really want to bring to this group what I have learned and to try to transmit more confidence here.”

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