Chelsea new boy Tiemoue Bakayoko insists that he does not feel pressure of filling Nemanja Matic’s boots after the Serbian’s move to Manchester United.
Matic helped the Blues win two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge but quit to join his former boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in July.
Bakayoko was then signed from Monaco as a straight replacement for Matic and has made a strong start to his Blues career.
Asked whether he felt the pressure of replacing Matic, Bakayoko told the Daily Mail: “I don’t feel that at all.
“I did have the chance to see him [Matic] playing when I first came here and we spoke a lot together, and got on very well.
“He wished me all the best, just as I wished him all the best at Manchester United. I have come here to follow my own path, and write my own story.”
Bakayoko also revealed that he has been following Chelsea for a number of years and was a particular fan of Blues legend Didier Drogba.
He added: “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 and after speaking to him. And I spoke to the people around me and my family. It seemed like the best opportunity.”