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Chelsea sign Bakayoko from AS Monaco

Chelsea have finalised a move for Tiemoue Bakayoko

Chelsea have finalised a move for Tiemoue Bakayoko, bringing in the powerful midfielder from AS Monaco on a five-year deal.

Speaking to his new side’s official website, Bakayoko said: “I am very happy to be here and to join this great team.

“I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood. I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great teammates.”

Technical director Michael Emenalo added: “Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea.

“Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad.”