Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Antonio Conte's message after joining Chelsea in £40million deal

Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Antonio Conte's message after joining Chelsea in £40million deal

Tiemoue Bakayoko reveals Antonio Conte's message after joining Chelsea in £40million deal

And after weeks of hard negotiations, Chelsea have finally secured the midfield signing Antonio Conte wanted, paving the way for Nemanja Matic - who has been training alone since the Blues players returned to Cobham for preseason training last Monday - to be sold.

Chelsea's latest arrival, Tiemoue Bakayoko, has hailed former Blues stars Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele as two major influences in his career.

He will become the club's second most-expensive signing of all time as he follows goalkeeper Willy Caballero and defender Antonio Rudiger into Stamford Bridge this summer.

He signed for Monaco the following summer and made nearly 100 appearances for the principality side during his three seasons there, scoring five goals.

Chelsea did not disclose what they had paid for the midfielder, but British media reported that the fee is likely to be in the region of 40 million pounds ($52 million).

The France global became Chelsea's third signing of the window.

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"For me this is the biggest English club, and I hope to achieve great things here".

Costa was well-suited to the English game, and his 52 Premier League goals came from just 89 appearances, leaving him with one of the best goals-per-game ratios in the top flight over the last three seasons.

The 22-year-old was in attendance as Chelsea ran riot on championship club Fulham, winning 8-2, as Batshuayi scored a brace.

"Now the work starts". I am very proud.

"Of course, for me the biggest reason [to move to Chelsea] was the Coach, Antonio Conte".

'To play alongside him would be something very good for me and it can help me progress'.

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