Why Antonio Conte is correct to reject West Ham’s advances for Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi

Why Antonio Conte is correct to reject West Ham's advances for Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea and Antonio Conte are reportedly set to reject any transfer offers that they receive for Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi over the course of the January transfer window.

 

Batshuayi, who has only made ten appearances as a substitute in the Premier League for the Blues since signing for £33.2 million from Marseille in summer, has been told by the Club that any loan deals that rival clubs make for the striker will most likely be rejected.

This comes a few days ahead of Chelsea’s Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth, where Batshuayi is expected to start his first league game under Italian Conte after Diego Costa has been ruled out through suspension after receiving his fifth booking in the win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

Prior to this Boxing Day match, Batshuayi has only started three matches (all in the EFL Cup), scoring twice, and according to The Guardian West Ham United have shown interest in taking the Belgian to London Stadium on a six-month loan.

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“Michy has brought good quality, is very young and he must work and improve and adapt his football”

Batshuayi, however, is Conte’s only senior replacement to Diego Costa, and in the event that the Brazil-born Spanish international gets injured then the Belgian will automatically become Conte’s first point of call for his starting line-up.

This is arguably why Conte is in favour of keeping the Belgian at Stamford Bridge, as a primary back-up to Costa; although it is believed the Chelsea boss sees Batshuayi as the future at 23-years-old.

 

It’s worth noting that the FA Cup also begins for Chelsea in January, and to maintain hopes of completing the league and cup double the Blues will need to keep rotating their squad members.

This could therefore give Batshuayi his chance to make an early impression in his Chelsea career, and it would also be an explanation for Conte’s desire to keep the 23-year-old at the Club.

Speaking after the Crystal Palace victory, Conte spoke about Batshuayi’s first season in English football and said: “Michy has brought good quality, is very young and he must work and improve and adapt his football. If he does, this season he can have good satisfaction.”

This confirms the Italian’s belief in the Belgian, and from a Chelsea perspective it’s hard to see past Batshuayi becoming a pivotal player for the Blues for years to come.

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