Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko wants to stay with Milan once his loan move with the Serie A club expires.
The Frenchman moved to the San Siro in August 2018 a year on from signing for the Blues from Monaco.
He had been a key figure in the team that won Ligue 1 and reached the last four of the Champions League.
After moving to Stamford Bridge to replace Nemanja Matic, the Serbian midfielder sold to Manchester United in the summer 2017, he struggled to show his best qualities for Antonio Conte.
Out of his depth and short on confidence, Bakayoko was sent to Italy for a change of scenery and the 24-year-old would prefer to stay where he is rather than return to England at the end of the season.
In an extensive interview with Corriere dello Sport, the midfielder spelled out what he would prefer to do once the deal is complete.
“Staying at Milan is my dream, the thought is fixated in my mind,” he said, in comments translated by Rossoneri Blog . “But I have a contract with Chelsea.
“I just want to finish the season in fourth place and then we’ll take care of it.”
A fourth place finish would see Milan qualify for the Champions League next year, granting Gennaro Gattuso and his recruitment team more money to secure the services of Bakayoko and other transfer targets in the summer.
“In my short career not everything has gone well for me,” said Bakayoko. “Sometimes the start of an adventure at a new club is difficult: it happened at both Monaco and Chelsea and for this I was not surprised that the story repeated itself at Milan.
“From 1 to 10, how happy I am now? Very, very much.”
Bakayoko was signed by Chelsea on the say so of Conte. It is unclear where he would fit into Maurizio Sarri’s system.
The Italian prefers to work with more technically capable footballers whereas the Frenchman’s game is geared toward athleticism and aggression.
In the January transfer window, the Blues failed to secure the replacement for Cesc Fabregas that their head coach had wanted the club to sign.
He will now have to find another solution to adding depth in Jorginho’s position, sitting in front of the back four.