Chelsea target Bakayoko rules out PSG transfer

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Paris Saint-Germain's hopes of signing Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko were dealt a blow as the midfielder ruled out Unai Emery's side.

Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has ruled out a close-season switch to Paris Saint-Germain because he could not "leave for a club that has finished behind me."

Bakayoko has been one of the star performers for Monaco this season as they ended PSG's recent dominance of Ligue 1 by winning the title.

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Under the guidance of Leonardo Jardim a youthful Monaco side have also set Europe alight with their stylish brand of attacking football, reaching the semi-finals - where they were beaten by Juventus.

Many expect this Monaco team to be picked apart by Europe's elite - Kylian Mbappe has already been heavily linked with a switch to Real Madrid.

Bakayoko's future has also been the subject of speculation, with Chelsea reportedly keen to acquire his services, along with PSG, but the 22-year-old has no intention of moving to Monaco's league rivals.

"I can't leave Monaco to go to PSG," he told Canal Plus.

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"It's impossible, because I've just finished champion ahead of Paris. I can't leave for a club that has finished behind me.

"PSG is a club I carry in my heart because I'm a Parisian and I was a supporter of PSG, like my family. They initiated me."

Bakayoko has made 51 appearances for Monaco in all competitions this season and his club form was rewarded with a first international cap in France's 2-0 defeat against Spain in March.

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