Italian journalist claims Chelsea loanee, 27, will return to Serie A giants club sooner than expected

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could return to the club early after his current loan spell at AC Milan.

The midfielder’s loan deal with the Italian giants runs until 2023 with an option to buy. However, according to Planet Milan journalist Daniele Triolo, the Frenchman could leave the Serie A club this summer.

In an interview with Toro News, Triolo was asked about AC Milan midfielder Tommaso Pobega, who is on loan at Turin. Speaking about the 22-year-old, the reporter revealed the Rossoneri‘s plans for the summer, saying:

“Pobega went to Turin on loan because Pioli likes him, but last summer he didn’t think he was ready to play in a two-man half. At the end of the season there was fully intends to bring him back to Milan too because Bakayoko will return to Chelsea and also needs another midfielder numerically who can play for the spot with Tonali and Bennacer.

Bakayoko has only been able to make 17 appearances in all competitions for AC Milan so far this season.

#ChelseaTiemoue Bakayoko has a €15million purchase option in his loan deal at AC Milan which will be automatically triggered if he reaches 15 appearances of at least 45 minutes. The likeliest option is for Milan to terminate the loan this summer.[via @cmdotcom]

His contract with Chelsea runs until 2024. Therefore, if he is to return to the club, the Blues might have to decide whether to keep him or find a suitor.

However, with the club’s ownership situation still unclear, they might not be able to sell him either.

Chelsea prepare for big Champions League clash against Real Madrid

Chelsea will face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Les Bleus trailed 3-1 in the first leg, thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from Karim Benzema.

Thomas Tuchel’s men played the first leg after a 4-1 loss to Brentford in the Premier League. They made a strong comeback after two successive defeats, hammering Southampton 6-0 on Saturday.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, beat Getafe 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday.

The Premier League side will be hoping their big win at the weekend will inspire them to make a big return to Madrid.

The west London club will certainly need a big performance to eliminate the 13-time European champions from the competition.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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