France international Tiemoue Bakayoko has insisted that he did not take a step down by leaving Chelsea to rejoin Monaco, Concise News reports.
The 25-year-old has returned to his former club on a season-long loan, while the Ligue 1 side also have the option to seal a permanent deal with the midfielder at the end of the campaign.
After signing from Monaco for £40 million in 2017, Bakayoko struggled during his first season at Chelsea and was subsequently loaned out to AC Milan last term.
Bakayoko returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer for pre-season training but Frank Lampard has allowed the French midfielder to leave the club.
“There was a good opportunity to come back here in a very good project,’ said Bakayoko.
“I want to try to perform well on the pitch to help the club reach its objectives. ‘Les Bleus, I think about it, but it will come as and when.
“I come back with a new standing, I really want to bring to this group what I have learned and to try to transmit more confidence here.”