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Bakayoko bound for Napoli

Tiemoue Bakayoko has moved to Napoli on loan for the remainder of the current campaign.

The midfielder will link up again with Gennaro Gattuso, the Napoli manager who was in charge of AC Milan when Bakayoko spent the 2018/19 season there.

The Frenchman joined Chelsea in the summer of 2017 and made 43 appearances for the Blues under Antonio Conte, scoring three goals. He played the full game as we beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
 

Bakayoko then moved to AC Milan on loan and spent last term at Monaco, the club where he made his name, playing 23 times in all competitions and scoring once.

Born in Paris, Bakayoko came through the Rennes academy in the north-west of France and made his senior debut in August 2013, a week after his 19th birthday.

He signed for Monaco the following summer and featured in almost 100 games for the principality side during his three seasons there before joining the Blues, scoring five goals.

In 2016/17 he starred as they unexpectedly beat Paris St-Germain to the title and also reached the last four of the Champions League, knocking out Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route. Bakayoko scored the decisive goal in a thrilling two-legged tie against the Premier League side.
 

He now returns to Serie A, the league in which he made 31 appearances the season before last at the San Siro. The 26-year-old’s new loan club Napoli have won both of their opening league fixtures. They are competing in the Europa League this season, and have been drawn in a group with Real Sociedad, AZ Alkmaar and Rijeka.

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