Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has insisted that club teammate N’Golo Kante is ‘no better than him’.
The 23-year-old was left out of manager Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the current international break and was also not involved for the pair of World Cup qualifiers in October.
It is thought that the former AS Monaco attacker faces a battle to make the France squad for the 2018 World Cup, but Bakayoko has claimed that he is ‘just as good’ as the players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, including Kante.
“I am disappointed. I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal. I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour,” Bakayoko told L’Equipe
“I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me. I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends. I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I’m not worse than them.”
Bakayoko £40million in the summer arrival has scored twice and provided three assists in 15 appearances for Chelsea this season.