Michy Batshuayi has found himself out of the picture at Chelsea in recent times. He was allowed to leave the club on loan in January and sign for Borussia Dortmund; which was part of a three-way deal which saw Olivier Giroud sign for Chelsea from Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sign for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.
Batshuayi did well in his few months in Germany, scoring nine times in 14 appearances before an ankle injury ended his season. Now on loan at Valencia in La Liga, where he has scored one goal in seven appearances, Batshuayi aims to show how good he is and return to Chelsea a better player.
“No [I’m not looking for a permanent move]. I’ve so much respect for Chelsea and I love them,” he said.
“This loan is important for my development, to show how good I am so that I can go back to Chelsea a better player.”
Batshuayi is yet to get a real chance at Chelsea. He signed for the Blues from Marseille for almost £35m two years ago, but the majority of his 32 appearances have come from the bench. He did show his worth to the side though, scoring the winning goal as Chelsea beat West Brom 1-0 in May 2017 to clinch the Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.
Batshuayi left to get more game-time under his belt though, and says that he has benefitted from his loan moves in Germany and Spain. He also thinks the Spanish game suits his technical style of play.
“It’s a bit strange, but cool at the same time,” he said.
“I’ve travelled and experienced life in a bunch of different countries, been able to see what football is like here, there and everywhere. I’ve got a lot of good out of it.”
“Everyone knows there’s real emphasis on technique in La Liga and I’m a technical player; in that sense it’s a good fit.
“But all leagues are a good fit for me — I can play anywhere. Germany and England were good fits too.”
Batshuayi will hope to have a good season and come back to Chelsea a better player. He will hope to impress and improve enough to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s plans for next season. The 24-year-old does have time on his side, and with Alvaro Morata yet to convince as Chelsea’s main striker, there may be a way into the team for the Belgian next summer.
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