Tiémoué Bakayoko: “Coming back to Monaco is not a step back.”

Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, 24-year-old French central midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko discussed his decision to return to AS Monaco on loan from Chelsea.

“There was a good opportunity to come back here in a very good project. Lots of people will maybe 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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