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Tiemoue Bakayoko inspired by Chelsea legends Drogba and Makelele

Tiemoue Bakayoko inspired by Chelsea legends Drogba and Makelele
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Tiemoue Bakayoko says former Chelsea players Didier Drogba and Claude Makelele have been two major influences in his career.

Bakayoko joined the Premier League champions from Monaco in a deal worth a reported 40 million and said that Makelele, who was technical director at the principality club during Bakayoko's formative years, became something of a mentor.

"Makelele helped me greatly," Bakayoko told Chelsea's official website. "When he arrived at Monaco I was not a very, very good player, but I had a lot of discussions with him, he gave me a lot of advice, and he allowed me to play my style of football more simply."

Drogba, one of the club's most celebrated players of all time, has also proved inspirational, albeit from a distance.

"Drogba has had a stellar career and he managed to do so many great things, first at Marseille and then here at Chelsea," Bakayoko added. "He is definitely an example I wish to follow, be it the footballer or the person himself. He showed the whole world what he was and I saw that and admired it."

The France international also spoke of his early impressions of Chelsea, his initial dealings with boss Antonio Conte and the prospect of linking up with Les Bleus teammate N'Golo Kante on a regular basis.

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