Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko could be forced into a humiliating early return to Stamford Bridge after AC Milan threatened to cancel his loan deal.
The French midfielder joined the Milan on a season-long loan deal in the summer, but that could now be cut short in January.
The former Monaco man – who cost Chelsea £40m when he arrived in the summer of 2017 – will be given six games to prove his worth to Milan according to Corriere dello Sport, having only made four substitute appearances thus far.
Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has appeared to suggest that Bakayoko, 24, doesn’t have the required maturity to play in his midfield.
“Bakayoko has to learn how to get the ball,” he said recently.
“We must work correctly. It will not be easy.
“One week is not enough to remove the defects of a player. I would have preferred to be managing older, more experienced club players.”