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'I don't like being whistled!' - Chelsea flop Bakayoko out to turn Milan jeers into cheers

10:03 pm AEDT 16/11/18
Tiemoue Bakayoko Milan
The French midfielder is enduring similar struggles in Italy to those he experienced in England, but he is convinced that he can turn his form around

Tiemoue Bakayoko believes he can silence his doubters at Milan after struggling to make his mark following a loan switch from Chelsea.

The France international midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for £40 million ($51m) in the summer of 2017, but failed to convince during a one-season stint in England.

Maurizio Sarri deemed him surplus to requirements after taking the Blues reins, with Bakayoko allowed to move to San Siro on a deal which includes a permanent purchase option.

Milan have looked unlikely to trigger that clause, with a summer addition enduring a tough time in Serie A, but a much-maligned performer retains full confidence in his ability to turn things around.

Bakayoko told Sky Sport Italia: “I don't like being whistled, but I understand it. I hope they applaud me soon.

“I have done good things but I am only at the beginning. I hope to be decisive and to help Milan re-enter the top four in Serie A

“Franck Kessie? He has helped me adjust a lot, above all with the language. I hope to speak Italian soon.”

Changing systems in Milan have done little to aid Bakayoko’s cause, but the 24-year-old claims he can alter his game to meet the demands of his manager.

He added: “The 4-4-2 is the formation I prefer, but even in a 4-3-3 I found myself playing well in the last game. 

“My position has changed, but I believe that I have done well. I have been able to help the team more. 

“I am upset about the result against Juventus, but this is football. I am happy with how I played.”

Bakayoko hopes that working with Gennaro Gattuso can help him to rediscover his form, with there similarities to be found between the Rossoneri boss and his former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

He added: “Conte and Gattuso are somewhat similar, they give a lot and ask even more from the players, during training and in games.

“They have the same style of training, bringing along ideas of great value.”

Bakayoko has made 12 appearances for Milan so far and is yet to open his goal account for the club.