Former Chelsea star, Claude Makelele, believes his country man, Tiemoue Bakayoko, has become a much stronger defensive player since he first came across him at Monaco.

The France international joined the Blues from the Ligue 1 champions this summer, and has made an immediate impact in midfield for Antonio Conte’s side.

The Blues landed Bakayoko for £40million, making him one of the club’s most expensive signings ever, but it’s fair to say Makelele is happy with how he’s performed.

Still, the 44-year-old, now on Swansea City’s coaching staff admits Bakayoko had to improve on his defending, having not quite been at the required level earlier in his career.

“I met him when I was working in Monaco and I pushed him to make that position his own,” Makelele told the London Evening Standard. “He defends with such quality now.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre