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Bakayoko set to leave Italian football after racist abuse

Tiemoue Bakayoko has stated that he is tired of the way that he is being treated in Italy, and would rather go back to Chelsea than continue playing for Milan.

Whilst the club has treated him very fairly, and he has been a revelation over the season, he has also been subject to plenty of racist abuse throughout the whole season. However, during their Coppa Italia semi-final against Lazio, the Milan midfielder was the target of several chants, screams, and gestures by the Lazio fans, yet nobody went on to take any action about it.

The game seemingly continued as if nothing had happened, with the referee, Paolo Mazzoleni, and the ones in charge of maintaining public order at the San Siro, all abstaining for taking any action.

Lazio went on to win the game 1-0, through a goal from Joaquin Correa.

AC Milan are said to be extremely interested in signing the French midfielder on a permanent deal, yet their hopes were cut short when Bakayoko stated that he does not see his future in Italian football, due to the ridiculous lack of control there is over racism in the matches in Italy.

Bakayoko was especially angered when him and his fellow midfield partner, Franck Kessie, were fined for celebrating with Acerbi's shirt after the match, yet there is no significant punishment for racism.

Bakayoko has become an integral part of the Milan squad, and losing him will leave a huge gap in midfield, which they have to find a way to fill. This has been a huge shock, especially considering that just a few weeks ago, Bakayoko said that it was his "dream" to make the Milan move permanent.

With Bakayoko not interested in a move to Italy, and with his time at Chelsea probably up, where will the Frenchman be heading next?

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