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Bakayoko wants to fight for his Chelsea place

Tiémoué Bakayoko wants to stay with Chelsea and fight for his place with the West London side.

The French midfielder spent last season on loan with AC Milan, but, following the failure of the club to qualify for the Champions League, they decided not to trigger their option to buy.

Bakayoko had a rather mixed year in Milan. Initially heavily criticised for his attitude and lack of fitness by then manager Gennaro Gattuso, he won him and the fans over, and became one of the most impressive central midfielders in Serie A. But then towards the end of the season, old issues reappeared and he was fined for being late for training on several occasions.

Now he has returned to Chelsea hoping to making a better impression there second time round that he enjoyed in his first season with the club. He signed for the club from Monaco for £40 million in July 2017 but his debut season in England was not a happy one, and he was criticised by fans and pundits alike for his poor performances.

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