Tiemoue Bakayoko keen for permanent AC Milan switch

Having settled into life at AC Milan, Tiemoue Bakayoko hopes to complete a dream by sealing a permanent move to the Italian club.

Tiemoue Bakayoko..."It is my dream [to stay]."   -  Getty Images

Tiemoue Bakayoko is hopeful he can help AC Milan qualify for the Champions League this season to help secure a permanent move from Chelsea. The France international joined Milan on loan at the start of the campaign, with the Italian club also having an option to buy the player for a reported EUR 35 million fee.

Bakayoko has enjoyed his time in Serie A so far after struggling to make an impact at Stamford Bridge. The former Monaco midfielder admits he wants to remain at San Siro beyond this season.

'Dream'

"It's my dream [to stay], the thought fixed in my mind," he told Corriere dello Sport. "But I have a contract with Chelsea. [Milan chief] Leonardo says the deal is tied to the Champions League. I'm not in a position to talk about it. I just want to finish the season in fourth place, then we'll think about it."

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And Bakayoko appreciates Gennaro Gattuso's coaching style after the Milan boss helped him settle in at the club. "Gattuso was not my ideal player, although I say that with great respect because he won the Champions League, which is my dream," he said.

"Please do not tell him...for me, he is the boss and a nice person who has helped me a lot. In the first two or three months, when everything was not going well, we talked every day. Now we understand each other with a glance and our relationship is perfect. He has a talent to show love to his players."