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Bakayoko hails Chelsea greats for influencing £40m move  

by 16/07/2017 18:53:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Tiemoue Bakayoko has recieved plenty of advice from two of Chelsea's greats
  • Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele have both proved inspirational for midfielder
  • 22-year-old says Drobga is an example he hopes to follow at Stamford Bridge 
  • Bakayoko has been told by Antonio Conte that he must be 'serious-minded'

By Press Association

Published: 18:53 EDT, 16 July 2017 | Updated: 18:53 EDT, 16 July 2017

Chelsea's latest arrival, Tiemoue Bakayoko, has hailed former Blues stars Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele as two major influences in his career.

Bakayoko has joined the Premier League champions from Monaco in a deal worth a reported £40million and is already saying all the right things to get supporters excited.

Aspiring Chelsea midfielders can have few better role models than Makelele, now assistant coach at Swansea but formerly winner of two league titles and three major cups at Stamford Bridge.

Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco in a deal worth a reported £40million
Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco in a deal worth a reported £40million

Tiemoue Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco in a deal worth a reported £40million

Bakayoko has highlighted the influence of Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba in his decision
Bakayoko has highlighted the influence of Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba in his decision

Bakayoko has highlighted the influence of Claude Makelele and Didier Drogba in his decision

Makelele was technical director at the principality club during Bakayoko's formative years, becoming something of a mentor to the 22-year-old as he developed from prospect to mainstay.

'Makelele helped me greatly,' Bakayoko told www.chelseafc.com.

'When he arrived at Monaco I wasn't a very, very good player, but I had a lot of discussions with him, he gave me a lot of advice, and he allowed me to play my style of football more simply.'

Drogba, one of the club's most celebrated players of all time, has also proved inspirational, albeit from a distance.

Drogba and Makelele enjoyed years of success together at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho
Drogba and Makelele enjoyed years of success together at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho

Drogba and Makelele enjoyed years of success together at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho

Bakayoko worked under Makelele during his formative years at the principality club

'Drogba has had a stellar career and he managed to do so many great things, first at Marseille and then here at Chelsea,' said Bakayoko. 'He is definitely an example I wish to follow, be it the footballer or the person himself. He showed the whole world what he was and I saw that and admired it.'

The France international also spoke of his early impressions of Chelsea, his initial dealings with Italian boss Antonio Conte and the prospect of linking up with international team-mate N'golo Kante on a regular basis.

'Kante has proved it all. He was the best player in the Premier League last season in the middle of the pitch and that is not easy. To play alongside him would be something very good for me and it can help me progress,' he added.

'I've played a match with him for the French national team so we know each other very well and I hope we can do beautiful things together this year.

The France international - speaking to Antonio Conte - is looking forward to the new season
The France international - speaking to Antonio Conte - is looking forward to the new season

The France international - speaking to Antonio Conte - is looking forward to the new season

Bakayoko (right) watched the behind-closed-doors friendly win against Fulham on Saturday
Bakayoko (right) watched the behind-closed-doors friendly win against Fulham on Saturday

Bakayoko (right) watched the behind-closed-doors friendly win against Fulham on Saturday

'I am very happy to be here. Chelsea is a great club with a great history, and they are the champions of England. My wish was to be at the best English club there is today.

'I have the ambition to play as many matches as possible, to progress as much as I can with a great coach like Antonio Conte, and then I have the objective of taking part in the World Cup at the end of the season.

'He (Conte) spoke a lot about tactics, and training, and he took the time to talk to me about my game and explain I must be serious-minded and work hard.'

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