Tiémoué Bakayoko has officially returned to Milan, arriving from Chelsea on a two-year loan.
Bakayoko had been linked with a comeback to Milan ever since his left the club following his loan deal, and today is finally the day that it happens.
Tiémoué arrived in Milano on Saturday and yesterday he had the medical check-ups before heading to Stadio San Siro to see his new-old teammates beat Cagliari 4-1.
“Milan is delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko from Chelsea FC on a two-year loan, which could turn into an obligation if certain conditions are met,” a statement reads.
“Born in Paris on August 17, 1994, Tiémoué Bakayoko started his professional career at Rennes and then played for Monaco, Chelsea and Napoli before coming back to AC Milan, where he had already played during the 2018/19 season, featuring 42 times and scoring one goal.”
Bakayoko spoke to MilanTV after signing the contract with the Red and Black club:
On being back: “I’m very happy to be here. I have so many great memories – it didn’t start well but in the end I think all the club, fans and staff gave me a lot of love and that’s why I always thought I’d be back here one day, that was one of my dreams.”
On Maldini: “He talked to be a few weeks ago prior to seeing me today, and they all wanted me to back. This has given me more confidence, I was sure I’m going to come back here.”
On familiar faces: “It’s good to see some friends in the team, I know all the French players in the team. I know them and when I thought about coming back here I thought and talked about it with them.”
On Kessié: “We have a good relationship and I am not surprised because he’s a really good guy, a really good player. When I was at Milan I played with him and I saw all the season that he was a really good player and I think he showed the world football what he can do. That’s good for him.”
On Serie A: “I think Serie A is going up, every season you can see many good players coming to the league and the level is much better. How I feel about the league? I feel very good, and I can say that I know how to play here and I’m happy to play in this league.”
On facing Milan with Napoli: “When I played against Milan, I was focused on the team I was playing for, I wanted to beat Milan to honest [laughs], of course. But it didn’t work well because I got a red card but it was a good feeling to see some familiar faces and yes it was good, I was happy.”
On playing in the Champions League: “When I was playing here, we were missing one or two points I think from playing in this competition. I was really devastated at the end of the season but I’m happy to be back to play this competition, it’s the dream of every player.”
On the Derby: “I want to win the Derby because I didn’t win it when I was here. And yes, I think Milan-Inter is the most important game and I really want to win it.”
On the club: “Milan is big, that’s the word that comes to my mind first, and it’s a big club everywhere. The Stadium, the team, the trophies, so many big histories. That’s great.”
A message to the fans: “I just want to say: I’m back! And I’m here to entertain and to enjoy all together.”