Tiemoue Bakayoko ‘pays more attention’ on roads since recent smash

TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO has brushed up on his driving skills in the wake of his car crash just weeks after joining Chelsea.

The £40 million ex-Monaco midfielder struggled to adapt to driving on the left-hand side of the road in England.

And he had a lucky escape when his £150,000 Mercedes hit a tree on his way home from training.

“Yeah, now everything is fine. I pay more attention.

“It’s not difficult driving in England – it’s the first few weeks that are the most difficult – but I’m a good driver. It won’t be a problem.

“The most important thing is that no one was seriously hurt. No great harm was done.

“To be honest, I don’t really want to talk about it. I’ve moved on from that, and it’s something I’ve tried to forget.

“It was an episode I’d rather not talk about, and these things happen in life, but I’ll pay more attention in future.

Bakayoko has also gone into depth about his choice of the number 14 shirt at Chelsea – in honour of the area in Paris where he grew up.

The 14th Arrondissement is in the south west of France’s capital city and Bakayoko takes inspiration from his roots.

He said: “The 14th Arrondissement is a difficult district, but being Parisien is a badge of honour for me. I’m proud to be from there.
“Wearing that No14 means all my neighbourhood is still with me, all those people are with me.

Bakayoko move from Monaco, where they drive on the left-hand side of the road

“It’s a pressure I take on, but I feel it’s important to show on the pitch where I come from.

“The values of work, persistence and taking pleasure… they all come from having grown up there.

“There are people from that area who continue to track what I am doing.”

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