Conte snaps up Bakayoko

16 July 2017 05:09:12 EST

Tiemoue Bakayoko is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his career after completing his transfer from Monaco to Chelsea.

The 22-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract with last season's Premier League champions after helping Monaco reach the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016/17 as well as winning the Ligue 1 title.

"I am very happy to be here and to join this great team," Bakayoko said.

"I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.

"I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates."

Bakayoko spent three years at Monaco having previously starred for Rennes and made his first appearance for France four months ago in a friendly international against Spain.

He is Blues boss Antonio Conte's second signing of the summer following the capture of Germany defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma.

Chelsea can be backed at 7/2 to win the Premier League title again in 2017/18 while they are available at 1/1 to be the top London team and 6/1 to lift the FA Cup.

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