How Chelsea midfielder landed at Stadio Sao Paolo


English Premier League outfit Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had no option than to sanction the exit of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to the Italian Serie A outfit Napoli but it is obvious that it was a very difficult thing for him to do.

Tiemoue Bakayoko was first away from the West London club on a loan stint at the French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco where he had a good performance and earned some playing time.

After his return, the likes of AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain made attempts to secure his signature in the last summer transfer window but they were unable to pull the deal until he ended up at Napoli in the final days of the window.

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s move to Napoli means his reunion with manager Genaro Gattuso, having worked together some years ago at San Siro when he was with AC Milan.

Now it has been revealed that Genaro Gattuso is the reason why Tiemoue Bakayoko gave his nod to a move to the South of Italy on loan because of their relationship in the past.

In Tiemoue Bakayoko’s interview with Italian outlet, Mondo Napoli, he said “Of Course [he was key], the manager convinced me to come in a great team like this one. I want to thank him live right now”.

However, Chelsea did not agree on an option to buy in the loan deal that moved Tiemoue Bakayoko to Italy which means he could be asked to return if he is able to pull the best performance ever with the opportunity handed to him.

What cannot be decided at the moment is Tiemoue Bakayoko’s plan for the future but it is obvious he will not want to return for a bench role at Stamford Bridge again.

Instead of another loan move, Tiemoue Bakayoko could decide to leave Chelsea permanently.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.