Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has told French newspaper L’Equipe that the main reason he decided to join the club this summer was to work with manager Antonio Conte.
The 23 year old says he has huge respect for the Italian, and is keen to develop his game under the Blues boss both tactically and mentally:
“I wanted to work with him and I am convinced that he will make me progress and reach my goals, both personally and collectively. If we speak about a coach and not the club, the choice is logical.It will make me progress on the tactical, technical and mental levels.
“I’m shouting at training every day, I have to be as precise as possible in everything I do. I know why I signed and what the coach wants to do with me, I do not worry about that. Only if I disconnect and do not work [hard] I will not play.”
Bakayoko has had no preseason due to a knee injury but the manager’s trust in the player was demonstrated when the midfielder was thrust in at the deep end against Tottenham last weekend at Wembley.
The Frenchman played the full 90 minutes despite his lack of match practice, and earned praise from onlookers for his energy, physicality and powerful forward runs. The £40million signing from Monaco will no doubt take some time to adapt to the pace of the Premier League, as the player himself has already admitted, but the early signs are certainly promising for the central midfielder.
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Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson says a deal to bring Jordan Houghton back to the club from Chelsea is now done between the two clubs.
Houghton spent much of last season on loan at the Keepmoat from Stamford Bridge until a serious knee injury curtailed his spell at the club in February.
Ferguson has monitored Houghton`s recovery over the summer, he has been keen to do a deal with the Premier League giants to bring Houghton back to the club for a second spell, and the Doncaster boss says everything is now sorted for him to return.
“Houghton is all done,” Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“It has just been agreed and it is all done.
“It won`t be completed until Wednesday but it has all been done, the paperwork has been completed and it will go to the Football League now so we are absolutely delighted.
“He will join us the week of the (Carabao) cup match.”
Houghton played 36 times for Doncaster including starting every league game until his untimely injury in February and he was an integral part of the midfield that helped the club make an instant return to League One.
His form also saw him shortlisted for the League Two Player of the Month in November.