Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 11:00
The legacy of Ivorian Didier Drogba helped French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko choose Chelsea as his new club.
The 23-year-old defensive midfielder played a major role in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title triumph last season and was wanted by several major teams across Europe.
Chelsea won the race to sign Bakayoko, paying Monaco a fee in the region of 拢40m in July.
And the French international has revealed that the Blues always had the advantage because of their former striker Didier Drogba.
Bakayoko explained to the Daily Mail: "Chelsea has always been a club I liked since I was young, especially because of guys like Didier Drogba being here.
"I would make a point of watching their games and I had this club close to my heart growing up, so I'm really happy to be wearing their shirt.
"I made the choice to come to Chelsea a lot because of the coach [Antonio Conte] and after speaking to him.
"And I spoke to the people around me and my family. It seemed like the best opportunity."