Tiemoue Bakayoko insists he is not taking a step down by leaving Chelsea to re-join Monaco.
The 25-year-old has returned to his former club on a season-long loan, while the Ligue 1 side also have the option to buy the midfielder at the end of the campaign.
After signing from Monaco for £40 million in 2017, Bakayoko struggled during his first season at Chelsea and was subsequently loaned out to AC Milan last term.
There was a good opportunity to come back here in a very good project, said Bakayoko.
Lots of people will perhaps say that I am taking a step back by coming to Monaco but I see it differently.
My two experiences abroad allowed me to play a lot, contrary to what a lot of people have said.
My season in Milan brought me a lot in terms of new avenues of football and professionalism. I have taken a lot of positive things away from it.”
The club is what is important today. I do not think about my personal ambitions.