Bakayoko happy to bide his time

Tiemoue Bakayoko says he intends to use his call-up to the France squad as an opportunity to learn and improve.

The 22-year-old AS Monaco midfielder, who has played for France across all junior levels, was selected by national team boss Didier Deschamps for the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Friday.

His inclusion came following an injury to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, although he was an unused substitute for the 3-1 win, where Olivier Giroud bagged a brace either side of an Antoine Griezmann penalty.

He could make his debut in the friendly with Spain at the Stade de France next Friday.

Speaking about the call-up he said: “To find yourself here is the ambition of every French player. It’s good to be here, but it’s not an end in itself. 

“I come with the ambition of learning. It’s already a good thing to be in the France squad.

“Of course I have the ambition of playing, but it’s not something I want immediately. I want first to learn to be in the squad. And little by little, with what I show for my club and in terms of what the coach thinks, we’ll see where my ambitions are at.”

Bakayoko, who joined Monaco from Stade Rennais FC in 2014, has been tipped to sign for English Premier League leaders Chelsea at the end of the season after reportedly already agreeing personal terms.

The physically imposing defensive midfielder has been an integral part of Leonardo Jardim’s side this season. They currently lead Ligue 1 by three points, with Bakayoko featuring in 26 of the 30 games played.

A former Rennes youth product, he has played 82 times for Les Monegasques since making an €8 million move.

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