Ten facts you need to know about Chelsea’s new signing: Tiemoue Bakayoko – the new Yaya Toure

Date: Saturday 15th July 2017 at 5:59 pm
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Chelsea have completed the signing of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco for an undisclosed fee. But one that is believed to be in the region of £40million.

The 22-year-old France international has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League champions and becomes Chelsea’s second major summer signing after they brought in defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma.

Bakayoko, who will wear the number 14 shirt at Chelsea, said on the club’s website: “I am very happy to be here and to join this great team.

“I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.”


1 He plays as a defensive midfielder due to his ability to break up play, but is considered to have all-round ability, as well as possessing physical power and athleticism.

2 After suffering a broken leg as a young player, Bakayoko joined the academy at Rennesat the age of 13.

  1. His senior career began at Rennes where he made 24 appearances before moving to Monaco in 2014 for £7 million.
  2. In his first two seasons at the club, Bakayoko made 31 Ligue 1 appearances, but was a regular starter in the 2016-17 season
  3. He contributed to Monaco’s Ligue 1 title win and was named in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season. 
  4. He was helped by former France international Claude Makélélé, who had been appointed director of football at Monaco in 2016, on how to improve his football and take care of himself off the pitch.
  5. Bakayoko was called up to the senior France squad for the first time to face Luxembourg and Spain in March 2017 after Paul Pogbawithdrew through injury.
  6. He made his debut on March 28, 2017 against Spain, replacing Adrien Rabiot at half time of a 2–0 friendly home defeat.
  7. Bakayoko has been compared toYaya Touré due to his strong all-round qualities of pace, intelligent reading of the game, ability to intercept passes and accomplished tackling, passing and dribbling.

10.,He made 24 league appearances for the Rennes first team and 63 for Monaco, scoring three goals.





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