On-loan Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has opened up about his desire to stay at AC Milan permanently and described the Italian club as “home”.
The 27-year-old officially returned to Rossoneri on a two-year loan deal a day before the transfer window deadline, having previously agreed to extend his contract at Chelsea until 2024.
According to Sky Italia, the loan agreement between Chelsea and Milan includes an option to buy at €15million (£12.9m) which will become an obligation if certain conditions are met.
As it stands, though, Bakayoko is still technically a Chelsea player.
The France international, however, is very open about wanting to stay at Milan even after the loan spell.
“I hope to stay here even after these two years on loan,” the midfielder admitted during his press conference on Thursday (via Calciomercato)
“Everyone knows how attached I am to this club that I consider my home.
“When you are at AC Milan you must always aim for the maximum, I will give my best to win as many trophies as possible.”
In Milan, Bakayoko has reunited with two former Chelsea teammates that he claimed helped convince him about the move.
“I spoke to [Olivier] Giroud and [Fikayo] Tomori before returning here,” he added.
“They were very happy about the prospect of my arrival and encouraged me to make this choice.”
From Chelsea’s point of view, Milan’s signing the midfielder on a permanent deal is arguably an ideal scenario anyway.
Bakayoko will be 29 at the end of his loan spell at Milan, and it is unlikely that Chelsea would be able to get a better deal from selling him.
Unlike the former AS Monaco star, however, four Chelsea players were, unfortunately, have failed secure moves away from Stamford Bridge so far despite also being left out without squad numbers this season.
These players are now at risk of not playing any first-team football in the next four months.