Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has questioned his exclusion from the France squad.
The Blues powerhouse was left behind as Dider Deschamps’ men continued their preparations for the World Cup in the summer, and he couldn’t help but express his frustration.
As quoted by French news outlet Canal+, Bakayoko claimed that he feels the midfielders picked ahead of him are not of a higher standard than him.
Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko on his non-selection for the French national team: "I don't think that Rabiot, Tolisso, Kanté or Matuidi are any better than me." (C+)
— Get French Football (@GFFN) November 12, 2017
Bakayoko has overseen a mixed start to life at Chelsea following a good season at AS Monaco. He suffered a stuttering opening to his tenure as he nursed a knee injury, but has shown signs of promise, along with signs of adjustment.
The towering midfielder will hope to develop some form for Chelsea in the coming months, as he aims to put himself in contention for Deschamps’ World Cup squad.
Victor Moses: People have been too harsh on Chelsea
Victor Moses has claimed that Chelsea have been criticised too harshly and insists that the players have stuck together through their difficult times of late.
The Blues marched to the Premier League title last season but have endured an inconsistent start to the campaign with losses against Burnley, Manchester City and Crystal Palace leaving them nine points behind leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea’s initial bright start in the Champions League, meanwhile, suffered a blow when they drew 3-3 at home to Roma before going down 3-0 in the reverse fixture in late October.
Moses, who is currently out of action with a hamstring injury, told Goal.com: “I think we have done well [in my absence]. We as a team, whatever happens, we stick together as a team and do the best we can.
“I think people have been a bit too harsh but we as players don’t need to think about that or concentrate on what people have been saying after losing against Roma [3-0 in the Champions League].
“We believe in ourselves collectively and individually, we have great players. We just take each game as it comes. We beat Manchester United, now everyone is saying that we’re the best, football is like this. We believe in ourselves and work hard together as a team.”
Up next for Chelsea is a Premier League trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.