Antonio Conte reacts to Tiemoue Bakayoko’s start at Chelsea

Antonio Conte has told Tiemoue Bakayoko that he still has plenty of room for improvement following his arrival at Chelsea in the summer.

The midfielder joined the Blues from Ligue 1 champions Monaco in the summer as Chelsea then opted to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.

Bakayoko has been a regular fixture in the Chelsea team alongside his French team-mate N’Golo Kane, with the 23-year-old having started two of the Blues’ four Premier League games.

The France international played the full 90 minutes as Chelsea made it three wins in a row in the Premier League on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Leicester City.

And although Bakayoko has been gradually adapting to life in England, Conte feels that the midfielder still has plenty of work to do.

Conte told his post-match news conference at the King Power Stadium: “Baka is 23 years old – he is younger than N’Golo.

“Last season he played in France and now he is adapting to a new type of football, which is not easy. And also he is trying to adapt himself to our idea of football.

“I think he has great quality. Now he is very strong without the ball, but with work, I think he can improve a lot with the ball, like N’Golo.”

Chelsea return to Champions League action on Tuesday night when they take on Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are currently in third place in the Premier League table after having won their last three games, following their shock 3-2 loss to Burnley on the opening weekend of the new season.

Chelsea did not feature at all in Europe last season after their 10th-placed finish in the 2015-16 campaign.

More Breaking News:

All looked pretty much sweetness and light for Tottenham Hotspur as they strolled imperiously past Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, but the Telegraph reports that there could soon be a fly in the ointment.

It says the future of key central defender Toby Alderweireld is in the spotlight after his agent “plunged it into doubt” by saying Alderweireld “deserves either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer” and adding that “all the top clubs” would be interested.

Against a backdrop of stalled talks over the Belgium international’s contract, both Manchester City and Chelsea are being kept up to date on the situation.

Alderweireld’s deal runs until 2019 but, if the option to add a further year is taken up, it would mean a £25 million release clause — which could be triggered that summer — would come into play.

And that, the Telegraph adds, means Tottenham “may have to seriously consider listening to offers if no new contract can be agreed.”

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has said Demarai Gray has a big future with the Foxes — and the Mirror reports that the club want to back Shakespeare’s words by offering the winger a “bumper new contract.”

Former Birmingham City player Gray was linked with both Spurs and Bournemouth over the summer, but stayed at the King Power after Leicester said they had not received a bid that matched their valuation.

And in order to stave off further interest when the window reopens, the Foxes will bump up the England Under-21 international’s deal, with the Mirror reporting that he is “set to see his £25,000-a-week salary rocket to around double that.”

Gray, speaking after Leicester lost at home to Chelsea at the weekend, said the club were in talks with his representatives but that he would “just concentrate on playing football.”

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