Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place at Chelsea.
The 26-year old joined the West London side from Marseille in 2016 in a £33 million deal, but has never been a regular starter at the club, and has been sent out on loan three times already – to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, and, during the second part of last season, to Crystal Palace.
This campaign he has had to act as second fiddle to Tammy Abraham, but has had some success in his understudy role, scoring seven goals in 12 appearances under Frank Lampard.
And he has now indicated that, despite not being a guaranteed first teamer with Lampard in charge, he identifies with the club and intends to stay and compete for a starting berth saying “I have never been a full-fledged starter, but Chelsea is my club, that’s where I feel at home.
“It’s a club I love deeply.”
Batshuayi is unlikely to be allowed to leave in Jnauray anyway, with fellow striker Olivier Giroud angling for a move away as he looks to preserve his international career with France.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.