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Tiemoue Bakayoko: France's midfield options 'aren't better than me'

14 November 2017

Tiemoue Bakayoko insists he is not inferior to his rivals in France's midfield and is determined to secure a place at the World Cup.

The 23-year-old - who was injured at the beginning of the campaign - was signed as Nemanja Matic's replacement after a superb season in France. Most football observers would believe that Kante, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, is a much better player than Bakayoko, but the former Monaco man doesn't see it that way.

Chelsea's summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko is disappointed with not being called up for France.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright is amongst the doubters, claiming that Ruben Loftus-Cheek - who is now on loan at Crystal Palace from Stamford Bridge - is a better option. "But I'm not below them".

As quoted by French news outlet Canal+, Bakayoko claimed that he feels the midfielders picked ahead of him are not of a higher standard than him. The former AS Monaco man has been superb for Chelsea so far this term, and will undoubtedly be looking to force his way into Didier Deschamps thinking ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I think Rabiot, Kanté, Matuidi, Tolisso are no better than me", Bakayoko continued.

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"I'm proud they've been called up, I'd like to be with them, but I don't think I'm any less than them".

Inevitably, there were a number of Chelsea fans who took to Twitter to express their disagreement.

"Speaking about the snub, Bakayoko said,"'I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour".

"But I'm not below them".

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Tiemoue Bakayoko: France's midfield options 'aren't better than me'