Chelsea striker Michu Batshuayi confirms he would leave Stanford Bridge for Crystal Palace in hopes of more first-team action.
News broke out on Monday afternoon that fellow London-based club Crystal Palace are set to take Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi on a season-long loan spell, for the second time.
It is reported that Chelsea has offered the striker a 12-month contract extension in order to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season, before shipping him out to the Selhurst Park.
Chelsea paid £33million to Marseille to secure the striker’s services in 2016, but he never really broke into the Chelsea set up.
Last season, Batshuayi was largely left out in the cold by head coach Frank Lampard since his arrival. His last appearance for the Blues came in Chelsea’s tie against Bournemouth on the 29th of February.
With Timo Werner’s arrival, the Belgian would drop down the pecking order at the Bridge to become the fourth-choice option behind Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham.
After scoring twice in Belgium’s 5-1 thumping of Iceland yesterday, the 26-year-old spoke to Belgian broadcaster RTBF via Sky about the impending move.
“Am I going to re-sign at Chelsea to be loaned to Crystal Palace? You’re on the right track when you say that. It’s something like that,”
“The most important thing for me is to have playing time for me and to be ready when I come to the national team.”
This would Batshuayi’s second loan stint with Crystal Palace in three seasons for the after he became a cult hero for the Eagles, scoring six goals in 13 appearances in the second half of the 2018/19 season.
Roy Hodson’s side struggled to perform in front goals last season, as Jordan Ayew lead the team’s scoring chart with nine of their 31 total Premier League goals.
Should Batshuayi complete his move to Crystal Palace, his experience and eye for goal would provide a more treating look to their attack.