Antonio Conte issues warning to new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko

Antonio Conte was quick to remind Tiemoue Bakayoko that the hard work now starts following his £40million move to Chelsea.

The France international put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, after helping Monaco win Ligue 1 last season.

Bakayoko, 22, became Antonio Conte’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero.

And the powerful midfielder has revealed what Conte said to him when he met the Blues boss at the Cobham training complex.

‘We spoke a lot about tactics, and training, and he took the time to talk to me about my game and explain I must be serious-minded and work hard,’ Bakayoko told Chelsea’s official website.

Bakayoko was linked with Chelsea for several months after a breakthrough season in France with Monaco.

Manchester United also registered interest in his services but he says he is delighted to join the ‘biggest club in England’.

‘I am very happy to be here,’ he said. ‘For me this is the biggest English club, and I hope to achieve great things here. I am very proud.

‘Chelsea is a great club with a great history, and they are the champions of England. My wish was to be at the best English club there is today.

‘I am very happy and proud for me, my family and the people who have been following me for a very long time. Now the work starts for all of us together to progress.’

Asked what his ambitions were for the upcoming season, Bakayoko added: ‘I have the ambition to play as many matches as possible.

‘I want to progress as much as I can with a great coach like Antonio Conte, and then I have the objective of taking part in the World Cup at the end of the season.’


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