Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko claims he is no worse than any other French central midfielder.
The 23-year-old has once again been left out of Didier Deschamps’ latest national squad while Blues’ teammate N’Golo Kante got the call.
Bakayoko was signed for £40m from Monaco this summer but has just one international cap from a friendly against Spain in March.
He has had a mixed start to his Chelsea career but was part of the Chelsea side that beat Manchester United 1-0 last week.
Bakayoko running the show in midfield. Nemanja Matic nowhere to be seen.
— Conteholic (@Conteholic) November 5, 2017
When asked about the latest snub, Bakayoko told Canal+: “I’m disappointed.
“I believe in this World Cup, it’s still my goal. I play for a big club; I think that can work in my favour.
“I feel [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are not better than me. I respect the coach’s decision and I also respect the players who were called up – they are talented, some are friends of mine.
“I’m proud that they were called up. I’d like to be with them. But I’m not below them.”