After a difficult start to life in Italy where the Frenchman struggled for form, he has grown to become one of the Rossoneri’s standout performers of the season so far.

The former Monaco man joined the San Siro club on a season-long loan in August last year, but the Italians have the option to make the move permanent for around £30 million next summer.

The club’s sporting director Leonardo suggested that Milan will only take up the option should they qualify for the Champions League, and the 24-year-old revealed he is hopeful that he won’t be returning to Stamford Bridge.

“I heard what Leonardo said,” Bakayoko told Corriere dello Sport. “But I’m not in a position to be talk about it. It’s a matter for Milan and Chelsea.

“Staying at Milan is my dream, the only thought in my mind, but I have a contract with Chelsea. I just want to finish the season in fourth place, then we’ll think about it.”

Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso was publicly critical of Bakayoko after some poor performances in the early weeks of the season, but the Frenchman insists he has built a strong relationship with the former Italy midfielder.