Bakayoko has joined the champions from Monaco in a deal worth £40million and is already saying all the right things to get supporters excited.
Aspiring Chelsea midfielders can have few better role models than Makelele, now assistant coach at Swansea but formerly winner of two league titles and three major cups at Stamford Bridge.
Makelele was technical director at the principality club during Bakayoko’s formative years, becoming a mentor to the 22-year-old as he developed from prospect to mainstay.
“Makelele helped me greatly,” Bakayoko said. “When he arrived at Monaco I wasn’t 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.”
Tiemoue Bakayoko completed his £40m switch from Monaco to Chelsea this week
Tiemoue Bakayoko wants to follow in the footsteps of Didier Drogba
He is definitely an example I wish to follow
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Drogba 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,” said Bakayoko.
“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 and the prospect of linking up with international team-mate N’golo Kante on a regular basis.
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“Kante has proved it all. He was the best player in the Premier League last season in the middle of the pitch and that is not easy.
"To play alongside him would be something very good for me and it can help me progress,” he added.
“I’ve played a match with him for the French national team so we know each other very well and I hope we can do beautiful things together this year.”