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Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko compares himself to Patrick Vieira – as he eyes permanent move away from Stamford Bridge

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO has sensationally compared himself to Arsenal veteran Patrick Vieira as he looks to leave Chelsea for good.

The Frenchman, 24, revealed it would be a "dream" to sign for AC Milan permanently following his successful loan spell this season.

 Tiemoue Bakayoko is hopeful that AC Milan can finish on the top four of Serie A
Tiemoue Bakayoko is hopeful that AC Milan can finish on the top four of Serie A

Bakayoko failed to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge and was shipped out on loan to Italy last summer.

He has emerged a key figure recently and now believes he is similar to legendary Gunners midfielder Vieira.

Speaking to Milan TV, he said: "I'm most like Vieira because he's tall, strong and has a lot of technical ability. I think I'm most like this type of player.

"I just want to thank the fans for their confidence in me. We need them to finish to finish in the top [four] places."

 Patrick Vieira achieved legendary status after he spent nine years playing for Arsenal
Patrick Vieira achieved legendary status after he spent nine years playing for Arsenal

Bakayoko is keen for AC Milan to take up to the option of signing him on a permanent basis for around £30 million next summer.

He confirmed: "Staying at Milan is my ream, that's the only thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea.

"I just want to finish the season in fourth place then I will think about it."

After a slow start in Italy, the 24-year-old is grateful that fans have changed their opinion about him.

 Tiemoue Bakayoko wants to sign for AC Milan permanently in the summer
Tiemoue Bakayoko wants to sign for AC Milan permanently in the summer

He added: "I think all the fans have changed their mind about me and I'm happy about that.

"I'm very happy, the team are play and improved a lot.

"I think the last three or four games, teams haven't scored against us and I think we need to keep going, but I'm very happy to be here, to finish the season well.

"I'm happy in this period and I'm playing well. I'm very humble, If I'm here it's because the team are playing very well.

"I always to try to improve. I'm here for just six months but I think after nine months I'll be better with the team.

"We just have to work and improve in every training session and match."

 The Frenchman failed to live up to expectations under the management of Maurizio Sarri
The Frenchman failed to live up to expectations under the management of Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri insists he will not deviate from his tactics and wants to see his style of football played well before trying other options


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