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Bakayoko: 'I do not have a choice... I have to go back to Chelsea'

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Tiemoue Bakayoko is on his way back to Chelsea this summer but he does not know where his long-term future lies.

The midfielder, 24, spent last season on loan at AC Milan where he played 42 times despite a fractious relationship with coach Gennaro Gattuso, who departed in May.Bakayoko cost Chelsea £40million when he arrived from Monaco in 2017 but he failed to make the desired impact in his first season before being sent to Milan.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea's new manager - likely to be Frank Lampard after Maurizio Sarri takes over at Juventus - will find a role for Bakayoko, but he is expected to report with the rest of the squad for pre-season training.

Asked by L'Equipe if he will return to Chelsea for the new season, Bakayoko replied: 'Yes, I have three years left on my contract.

'What will happen next, I'm not sure, but I have to go back to Chelsea, that's the only thing we know.

In an ideal world, Paris-born Bakayoko would love to move to PSG, although there is no suggestion the Ligue 1 champions are interested in him.

Speaking about his multiple rows with Gattuso - which included a public spat played out on the touchline - Bakayoko admitted he had 'difficult moments' in Milan.

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