TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO will join his old club Monaco for the rest of the season on loan and will reunite with former team-mate Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea have confirmed.
The Frenchman will look to re-discover the form that brought him to Stamford Bridge back in his native France.
After being named in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Season in the 2016/17 campaign, a huge future was expected for the 25-year-old when he joined the Blues for £40million back in 2017.
But the midfielder has failed to find his footing in London.
After being booed by his own fans due to a run of poor performances in his debut season at the club, Bakayoko was loaned out to AC Milan last summer to become the player he was expected to become.
While goal scoring was never his primary asset, he still only hit the back of the net once last season – even less than in his days playing under Antonio Conte.
SunSport reported that Bakayoko wanted a move back to Milan this summer, but the seven-time European champions did not want him back.
Frank Lampard has no desire to keep him at Chelsea either, after the midfielder failed to impress in pre-season matches or in training.
It now seems his old team have a soft spot for their former star after no other clubs made a significant effort to sign the player.
Monaco have expressed their delight at re-signing Bakayoko on Twitter, after uploading a video dedicated to the Frenchman with a caption that reads: ‘Baka is back’.