In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Tiemoue Bakayoko’s troubles at AC Milan continue after a touchline row with manager Gennaro Gattuso, Marcos Alonso corrects Alvaro Morata after he congratulates Gary Cahill on his ‘retirement’ and Kurt Zouma looks likely to return to Stamford Bridge after the end of the French defender’s loan spell at Everton.
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More Milan problems for Bakayoko
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s loan spell at AC Milan soured on Monday when he was involved in a touchline row with manager Gennaro Gattuso during their Serie A match against Bologna.
Relations between the pair appear to have broken down after a poor recent run of results for the Rossoneri and an incident last week when the French midfielder turned up an hour late for training after his car reportedly ran out of petrol.
According to Reuters, the latest bust-up happened in the first half of the Bologna match when Gattuso wanted Bakayoko to go on as a substitute after an injury to Lucas Biglia, but sent on Jose Mauri instead following a heated discussion with the Frenchman.
‘I told Bakayoko to warm up, he took his time and I chose Mauri,’ said Gattuso. ‘I have 27 players, we wear a glorious shirt and I must be objective and honest in everything I do.
‘I waited seven or eight minutes, he still had not put on his shin pads so I made that choice. The most important thing is Milan, not these things.’
Milan won 2-1 to move up to fifth in Serie A, three points behind Atalanta who occupy the final qualification spot for the Champions League.
Alonso corrects Morata
The Daily Mail reports Alvaro Morata had to be corrected on Instagram by Marcos Alonso after the Spanish striker mistakenly congratulated Gary Cahill on his ‘retirement’.
Cahill has confirmed that he will be leaving Chelsea in the summer and made his final Premier League appearance for the Blues at Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Watford.
Morata, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, was one of many who wished the 33-year-old all the best in the future but suggested that the Blues skipper was hanging up his boots in his post.
‘Congratulations for your great career! It has been a pride to play by your side!’' he said.
Alonso then responded in amusing fashion, posting: ‘He’s not retiring brother!’ with three laughing emojis.
Zouma likely to return to Chelsea
The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Kurt Zouma is likely to return to Stamford Bridge for the start of pre-season this summer despite interest from Everton in retaining his services on a permanent basis.
With Chelsea facing the possibility of a transfer ban this summer, the Echo is suggesting that the Blues plan to begin summer preparations with Zouma in the squad ahead of our pre-season match in Japan against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona in mid-July.
The French defender has had a successful season on loan at Goodison Park and while pleased with his contribution to the Toffees, he gave little away about his future after their 2-0 win over Burnley last Friday.
‘We’ve still got a game to go and then we’ll see what’s going to happen next,’ he said.
Report gives Hudson-Odoi surprisingly low valuation
A report on the most valuable young player in Europe has given Callum Hudson-Odoi a surprising low valuation of £17.4 million.
According to The Sun, the CIES Football Observatory has ranked the Chelsea winger as only the 20th most valuable young player in Europe, despite his rapid rise with the Blues and England before he suffered his season-ending Achilles injury last month.
The report indicates that Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is the most valuable player at £128m, well ahead of Arsenal's Matteo Guendouzi, who is valued at £60m.
Nicolo Zaniolo of Roma is third on £57m, closely followed by Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen (£55m) and West Ham’s Declan Rice (£54m).