Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Worried Blues? Conte no closer to agreeing new Chelsea contract

Thibaut Courtois Chelsea FC via Getty Images
Lamar Ellis | 18 July, 2017, 00:18

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

The French global is the Blues' second signing of the summer, coming after the arrival of centre-half Anthony Rudiger, and joins on a five-year deal.

As noted by BBC Sport, the Premier League champions splashed out an initial £29m on Antonio Rudiger last week, and that was followed by the £40m signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko this week, as per Sky Sports.

Chelsea have signed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for a reported fee of £40million.

The imposing midfielder is expected sit out the next six weeks to allow the injury to fully recover meaning he is likely to miss every pre-season fixture as well as the Community Shield opener against Arsenal.

"I am very happy to be here", Bakayoko told the club's official website.

"For me this is the biggest English club, and I hope to achieve great things here". Now, Antonio Conte has a young, reliable pair of midfielders that have Champions League experience and league titles between them.

"My wish was to be at the best English club that there is today".

"I think I am an intelligent player who offers physicality and can also dribble and get by people".

"Now the work starts for all of us together to progress".

Bakayoko, an athletic central midfielder, has actually signed a five-year agreement at Stamford Bridge as well as will associate France global team-mate N'Golo Kante.

"I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach [Antonio Conte] and alongside so many great team-mates".

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