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Bakayoko admits Drogba and Makelele helped him choose Chelsea

Tiemoue Bakayoko has said Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele were two great influencers.

Bakayoko recently joined Chelsea from Monaco for a fee of £40million. The player already might be a fans’ favourite after his kind words towards the club, and his latest statement is no different.

‘Makelele helped me greatly,’ Bakayoko told www.chelseafc.com.

‘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 player also shared his first impressions of Chelsea:

‘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.