By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Tiemoue Bakayoko recently completed his £40m move to Chelsea from Monaco, and the midfielder has been speaking about two former Blues who have helped shape his career so far.

The Frenchman is already being touted as a major coup by the Premier League champions and many are excited to see him alongside N'Golo Kante in the engine room.

Juventus' forward from Croatia Mario Mandzukic (L) reacts next to Monaco's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko during the UEFA Champions League semi final second leg football match Juventus vs Monaco, on May 9, 2017 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

For the 22-year-old though, it was the influence of a former French midfielder who helped him wind up at Stamford Bridge.

He said, as quoted by the ​Independent: "[Claude] Makelele helped me greatly. When he arrived at Monaco I wasn't a very, very good player, but I had a lot of discussions with him, he gave me a lot of advice, and he allowed me to play my style of football more simply."

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 06: Ruud Van Nistelrooy (R) of Manchester United holds off Claude Makelele of Chelsea during the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on November 6, 2005 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The holding midfielder took on somewhat of a mentor's role with Bakayoko, as he was made technical director at Monaco during his formative years.

Bakayoko also hailed legendary striker Didier Drogba, whom he says inspired him from a distance. He added: "Drogba has had a stellar career and he managed to do so many great things, first at Marseille and then here at Chelsea.


"He is definitely an example I wish to follow, be it the footballer or the person himself. He showed the whole world what he was and I saw that and admired it."

Bakayoko will take to the pitch for the Blues for the first time as they fly out to China for pre-season duties.

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