Bakayoko: Chelsea teammate Kante no better than me

Date published: Monday 13th November 2017 1:03

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.

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.”


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