Tiemoue Bakayoko has fired a parting shot at his former Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso. “Our relationship was complicated, we didn’t understand each other.”
Bakayoko was for most part a fans’ favourite at Milan, who had a €35m option to make their loan deal for the Chelsea midfielder permanent.
However, the Frenchman fell out of favour after he was late for training and engaged in a touchline feud with Gattuso during a match last month.
“I experienced some difficult moments, especially at the start,” he told L’Equipe.
“I’m sad to leave, but that’s life. My relationship with Gattuso was complicated, we didn’t understand each other. I don’t really want to talk about him.
“It’s difficult to hear certain things about me in the Press, especially when they’re not true.
“Things didn’t go the way they were told, but we know the world we live in. It was just news, a way something was analysed…
“I took Italian lessons at one point, but then I stopped. I picked it up from my teammates every day.
“Given things didn’t go well at the start, I didn’t take the time to learn it properly. I overslept…
“I have three years left on my contract with Chelsea. They’re currently the best project on offer, but we’ll listen to other proposals.”
The 24-year-old was then asked for his thoughts on the Coach he would like to work under, as well as Leonardo and Paris Saint-Germain.
“I really liked Conte. I also think Allegri has the same style,” he continued.
“Leonardo brought me to Milan, it was he who allowed me to recover my form by putting his trust in me.
“I have a lot of respect for him and Milan. I’m glad he’s coming to Paris, they’re the club of my heart and city.
“I’m sure he’ll do a good job. I wish him the best there. Of course I’d like to play in Paris, I won’t deny it.
“It means a lot to my loved ones and I. We’re real Parisians.”