I am better than Kante: Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko was not named in the France squad for this month's friendlies with Wales and Germany, despite being a mainstay for Chelsea in recent weeks.

But Bakayoko, a £40 million summer signing from Monaco, believes his France and Chelsea teammate does not offer more than him on the pitch.

However, Bakayoko was omitted from Didier Deschamps' recent France squad ahead of next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

He told Canal Plus: "It was clear in my mind that if I had to leave Monaco it was Chelsea".

The summer signing has scored one goal and has made two assists in 10 appearances in the Premier League so far this term.

"I'm disappointed. I believe in this World Cup [next summer], it remains a goal". The Frenchman won back to back Premier League titles with Leicester City and last season with Chelsea and has been adding to his reputation ever since.

"I feel Rabiot, Kante, Matuidi, Tolisso are not better than me".

"Speaking about the snub, Bakayoko said,"'I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour". "I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends".

"I'm proud they've been called up, I'd like to be with them, but I don't think I'm any less than them". I'd like to be with them. His successes has attracted interest in him from all over Europe, however, he has chosen to stay with the Blues and with Antonio Conte.

"I watched Bakayoko the other day up front or playing further forward against Manchester United and he never done anything in that game that made me think that he's a better player than Loftus-Cheek", Wright said on ITV.

Vanessa Coleman