'Ignore the haters' - Gallas' message to Chelsea's Bakayoko

‘Ignore the haters’ – Gallas’ message to Chelsea’s Bakayoko

The former Blues defender has offered advice to the cluba��s struggling midfielder as he recalls a similar story from his own career

Tiemoue Bakayoko has come in for criticism this season after struggling to adapt to Chelsea after his A?40 million move from Monaco, but William Gallas thinks he should ignore the critics and take his time to adapt to English football.

The 23-year-old’s Stamford Bridge career started with a good performance in a 2-1 win away toA�Tottenham, prior to which he had rushed back from a knee injury in order to help his new club solve a selection crisis.

However, his form has suffered in recent months. At itsA�nadir, he was dismissed againstA�Watford, who went on to thrash the Blues 4-1.A�A small section of the Chelsea support booed Bakayoko upon his return against Crystal Palace, but Gallas thinks that the star can go from zero to hero very quickly.

a�?I would tell him to just ignore what people have said,a�? the Frenchman toldA�Goal. a�?Maybe they are right so maybe you have to work more, but dona��t let people put you down because you play football.

a�?That was your dream to play football and you made a lot of sacrifices to be where you are. Dona��t let people put you down and take the criticism in a positive way. Try to finish the season well and be ready for next year.

a�?You can prove people wrong because if you start to play well next season everyone will say: a�?Oh yeah, Bakayoko is the best midfielder we have.a��A�Everyone knows how it works so just ignore what people say to you.

a�?I was in the same situation, I will give you my best example. When I moved from Arsenal to TottenhamA�in my first game, my fans were booing me. I said a�?Oh my God!a��A�First game boos, second game boos.

a�?I said: a�?Okay, I decided to play for Spurs for many reasons and no one knows exactly why you went to Tottenham, so you have to show you are working hard and prove them wrong.a��A�Slowly, slowly, they started to clap me. Thata��s football. Thata��s why we love football.

a�?I know now football is really, really impatient. People want results straight away, but what we have to understand is that he arrived from Monaco. The English language is not his first language so you have to adapt.

'Ignore the haters' - Gallas' message to Chelsea's Bakayoko

‘Ignore the haters’ – Gallas’ message to Chelsea’s Bakayoko

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