Tiemoue Bakayoko is pleased to be back in AS Monaco colours after completing a season-long loan move from Chelsea on Saturday.

Bakayoko first rose to prominence at Monaco, where he formed part of the 2016/17 Ligue 1-winning team alongside Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Fabinho. They also reached the Champions League semi-finals that very same season.

Following the 25-year-old’s impressive displays in the Monegasques midfield, Chelsea snapped him up for €40m. However, he struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge and the club loaned him out to AC Milan after just a year.

The Rossoneri’s failure to seal a Serie A top-four finish last season, however, meant they couldn’t sign Bakayoko permanently. Therefore, the player returned to Chelsea this summer.

Upon learning he had no future under Frank Lampard, though, Bakayoko opted for a return to his old roots. Undoubtedly, the Frenchman hopes being back with Monaco will hopefully resurrect his career.

“I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco,” Bakayoko told the club’s website.

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“Since 2017, I had the opportunity to have two very good experiences with Chelsea and Milan.

“[Now] I hope to be able to integrate as quickly as possible in this team, in an environment that I already know.”

Monaco Vice-President Oleg Petrov added: “We are delighted to welcome Tiemoue Bakayoko to AS Monaco.

“Tiemoue has demonstrated his quality at the highest level in France but also in England and Italy. He returns to a club and a Championship that he knows well. His qualities and experience are an asset to the team.”

As part of their agreement with Chelsea, Monaco have the option to sign Bakayoko permanently next summer for €42.5m.

MONACO – APRIL 19: Tiemoue Bakayoko of Monaco.

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