Tiemoue Bakayoko has shared his experiences of a challenging final season at AC Milan, during which he made only three brief appearances. The midfielder, who recently signed with Lorient, acknowledged that things didn’t go as planned.
Bakayoko’s two-year loan stint at Milan concluded in the summer, and both Milan’s management and Chelsea were relieved to see him depart, with Chelsea releasing him on a free transfer to Lorient.
In an interview with L’Equipe, the midfielder candidly discussed his trying final season at Milan. He expressed his desire to move past that period and return to the impressive form he displayed during his time at Monaco.
“Last season, I didn’t receive the playing time I had hoped for. Various factors played a role, and I don’t have much to say regarding why I didn’t feature. The coach, Stefano Pioli, made his choices, and it was undeniably disappointing.”
“A footballer’s career is characterized by ups and downs. I accepted it and maintained a strong work ethic during training and whenever I had the chance to play, even if those opportunities were infrequent. It was a genuinely challenging season, but I am determined to leave it behind and focus on the present,” he declared.
As mentioned, Milan was eager to remove him from their wage bill, and it’s evident that the two-year loan deal was not a sound business decision. Hopefully, Milan won’t encounter similar situations in the years to come.