Chelsea and French midfielder, Tiemoue Bakayoko has claimed he is better than teammate and last season Premier League best player, N’Golo Kante after being ignored in the national team call-up in preparation for 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Kante, who won the PFA Player Award last season, has been an integral part of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and his importance showed when the London giants struggled in his absence in recent weeks following a hamstring injury which sidelined the midfielder for some weeks.
However, Bakayoko, a £40 million summer signing from Monaco, believes his France and Chelsea teammate does not offer more than him on the pitch while expressing disappointment on missing out the national team call-up to Kante, Blaise Matiuldi, Adrien Rabiot and Corentin Tolisso.
When asked about being left out of the French squad, Bakayoko replied “I’m disappointed.
“I believe in this World Cup, it’s still my goal. I play for a big club; I think that can work in my favour.
“I feel Rabiot, Kante, Matuidi, Tolisso are not better than me. I respect the coach’s decision and I also respect the players who were called up – they are talented, some are friends of mine.
“I’m proud that they were called up. I’d like to be with them. But I’m not below them,” he claimed.