Tiémoué Bakayoko’s fairy-tale at AC Milan continues. The Rossoneri fan favourite hit his stride in late October after a rough start, and he’s not looked back since.
“Things are going well for the club and I right now. There wasn’t a turning point. I just wanted to show that I was good enough for a big club.”
Things are going so well that rumors of Milan sending him back early from his loan have morphed into rumors of Milan activating the €35 million buyout clause. Bakayoko has been actively campaigning for that outcome, which is also contingent on them finishing fourth and qualifying for next season’s Champions League — something that AC Milan, the second most successful team in European competitions of all time, have failed to do in each of the last five seasons.
“Milan are on a different planet. I was greeted by Maldini and Leonardo on my first day and and you immediately realise who you’re dealing with. Then you have the atmosphere at San Siro, which is extraordinary. Milan are a legendary club. Who wouldn’t like to stay at a club like Milan for a long time?”
“Life is good in Milan. I’ve already changed my entire wardrobe. The weather is similar to the south of France and we eat well here. It’s an ideal place to live.”
-Tiémoué Bakayoko; Source: Nice-Matin via Football Italia
Bakayoko’s certainly no weatherman — Milan’s climate is quite continental (hot, humid summers, cold winters with multiple snow days) while Monaco is as Mediterranean as it gets (warm, dry, summers, mild, rainy winters) — so hopefully he doesn’t catch a cold or whatever when he goes out in his flippy-floppies in the middle of winter.
But otherwise, we wish him all the best in his quest to ensure Chelsea can just about break even on his transfer.