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Media watch: Gonzalo Higuain proves key to Sarri system, Tiemoue Bakayoko keen to extend Milan stay

We bring you the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, with praise for Gonzalo Higuain after his two-goal performance against Huddersfield and Tiemoue Bakayoko speaking about his desire to make his move to AC Milan a permanent one.

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Higuain lauded after Huddersfield triumph

Speaking to Sky Sports, Telegraph writer Matt Law said there were encouraging signs for the Blues in our 5-0 thumping of Huddersfield on the weekend with Gonzalo Higuain proving key to Maurizio Sarri's system.

The Argentinian scored twice and linked up well with Eden Hazard, who also netted a brace against the Terriers in our biggest win of the season.

According to Law, the Blues showed clearer signs of 'Sarri-ball' with Higuain up front.

‘What you could see on Saturday, was that with Higuain, with a proper striker, you could see how the system is meant to work in the attacking areas," he explained.

‘Hazard started on the left but he was playing very close to Higuain, almost like a partner, and it wasn't breaking down any more. They, along with Willian, were working in tandem and they were creating chances.

‘They looked dangerous. For that style of football it was very encouraging for them.’
 

Bakayoko keen to make Milan move permanent

The Daily Express reports that Tiemoue Bakayoko is looking to turn his loan spell at AC Milan into a permanent one after finding his form at the Italian club.

The French midfielder joined Milan in the summer but came under criticism from Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso.

However, Bakayoko has turned things around with his recent good form for the Rossoneri and is now hoping to help them to secure fourth position so they can qualify for next season’s Champions League.

‘Staying at Milan is my dream, the only thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea,’ said the 24-year-old.

‘I just want to finish the season in fourth place, then we’ll think about it.’

Added Bakayoko on his recent upturn in form: ‘I understand myself and know what my qualities are. I was convinced that by training hard, satisfaction would come. I never thought about having made a mistake by coming to Milan.’

Isco a target for the Blues?

Calcio Mercato are reporting that Chelsea are involved in a three-way battle for the services of Real Madrid's Spanish playmaker Isco.

The website cited a report on Italian TV sport channel Rai Sport which indicated that the 26-year-old had fallen out with Real manager Santiago Solari and could be heading for the exit door at the Bernabeu this summer.

Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester City are listed as his most likely destinations if he does decide to head abroad at the end of the season.

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