Claude Makelele reveals his first impressions of potential Chelsea signing
The former Chelsea midfielder has revealed the role that he played in helping Tiemoue Bakayoko to turn around his career
Claude Makelele has revealed his role in helping potential Chelsea signing Tiemoue Bakayoko to turn around his failing career.
The 22-year-old defensive midfielder is being tipped to complete a reported £40m move to the Premier League champions from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco.
Bakayoko is reportedly at Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham on Friday as the French star looks to finalise a move to Stamford Bridge.
The holding midfielder played a key role in AS Monaco’s Ligue 1 title success last term after a return of two goals and one assist in 31 top-flight games.
Bakayoko scored against Manchester City in the Champions League to help AS Monaco to reach the semi-finals before a 4-2 loss to Serie A giants Juventus.
However, Chelsea legend Makelele has revealed that Bakayoko was struggling badly when the former Real Madrid star first encountered the holding midfielder at AS Monaco.
“When I came [to Monaco] I saw him on the bench,” Makelele told Goal. “He never played or was a substitute, I’m like OK. I’d seen a lot of video of him, so I come to see him in the training ground.
“One day I decided to talk to him, I come down and every day I spend it with him. [He had] this wall, this midfielder, the way he plays, he does a lot of wrong things.
“After I see that it’s not only football, the different way is the problem he has I just wanted to clear this way, but I can’t explain everything [with his personal life] so let’s just talk about football.
“I talked with him, cleaned him the way he needed to be free in the head. To play as a midfielder you need to be 100 per cent concentrated. If it’s always a little problem here, little problem there, you can’t focus on your job you know? I talked a lot with him, like a full month with him every day, explaining things on the training ground.”
Bakayoko scored five goals in 92 appearances in all competitions during his three-year stint at Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco.
The French midfielder earned his first cap for the national team in March 2017.