Tiemoue Bakayoko agent: Chelsea borrower wants to stay with Napoli regardless of whether Gennaro Gattuso does
Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko open to the idea of extending his stint at Napoli regardless of whether Gennaro Gattuso remains as manager, his agent reveals – with Blues eager to sell midfielder for no less than £ 16m.
- Tiemoue Bakayoko has played 31 matches on loan at Napoli this season
- Bakayoko’s performances have received a lot of criticism from TuttoNapoli
- They have also labeled Chelsea’s £ 16m asking price as ‘pure madness’
- However, his brother Abdoulaye thinks there is a chance that his client can stay
- Gennaro Gattuso could be fired even if Napoli makes the top four in Serie A.
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s agent has said that the French midfielder’s future at Napoli is not tied to that of coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Chelsea loan holder Bakayoko, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Monaco in the summer of 2017, has played this term 31 times in all competitions for the Champions League pursuing team, having spent 20 stints at AC in 2018-19 and 2019. Milan and Monaco.
Gattuso’s contract expires in the summer and he is allowed to leave regardless of whether Napoli makes the top four in Serie A and qualifies for Europe’s premier club competition – they are currently in fifth place – but Football Italia has quoted Bakayoko’s agent and brother Abdoulaye as saying that although the former Italian midfield terrier could leave Stadio San Paolo at the end of the season, his client has plans to stay.
Tiemoue Bakayoko’s brother Abdoulaye says his client can stay in Napoli after the summer
Gennaro Gattuso’s future is dangerous, whether or not the club makes the top four in Serie A
“His future is not tied to that of the coach,” he said. “There is a strong connection with the coach, but if the talks with the club take place to stay with Napoli, then we’ll see.
‘The focus now is to get the best possible view of the season. No appointments are scheduled with the club to discuss this.
Whether he stays in Napoli or not does not depend on Gattuso. He is happy here; it’s a big club with a great history. ‘
Despite being a regular part of the Napoli squad this season, his performance was labeled by TuttoNapoli as ‘one of the disappointments of the season’, which referred to Chelsea’s £ 16 million asking price for Bakayoko – who labeled it ‘pure madness’, has scaled back. ‘do not intend’ to permanently contract the 26-year-old.
Bakayoko’s displays have been heavily criticized by TuttoNapoli, despite his normal playing time
Gattuso, meanwhile, felt the heat after Napoli crashed out of the Europa League during the round of 32 to Granada last month, with Maurizio Sarri and Rafael Benitez linked to a return to the club.
Napoli is currently two points behind fourth-place Atalanta in Serie A after striking away wins over AC Milan and Roma and has a game in hand against Gian Piero Gasperini’s men.
They will face six league games in April that will largely determine their fate in the competition, including clashes with Juventus, Inter Milan and bottom side Crotone.