Bakayoko boosts Monaco's midfield options

AS Monaco FC have added depth to their squad with the signing of the young Stade Rennais FC midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko for a fee believed to be in the region of €8m.

Tiemoué Bakayoko (Stade Rennais FC)
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AS Monaco FC have added depth to their midfield options with the signing of the Stade Rennais FC teenager Tiémoué Bakayoko for a fee believed to be in the region of €8m.

The 19-year-old has joined on a five-year contract after an impressive breakthrough season with Rennes, for whom he made 28 appearances in all competitions in 2013/14. A defensive midfielder, he strengthens a Monaco squad preparing for their first UEFA Champions League group stage campaign since 2004/05.

Bakayoko, who turns 20 next month, said: "I am going to discover a new club. Monaco are a club going places in French and world football so this is obviously a good thing. It's a new challenge and I think I am ready for it."