Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi agrees Valencia loan deal after being cast aside by boss Maurizio Sarri
- Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has agreed to join Valencia on season-long loan
- Batshuayi decided to leave the club after being told he was not in their plans
- There is no option to make Batshuayi’s move permanent included in the deal
Michy Batshuayi has agreed to join Valencia on loan after Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri explained to him he would only play a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge this season.
The Chelsea boss had initially planned to make Batshuayi a key part of his plans, but decided otherwise after taking a closer look at the Belgium forward.
Batshuayi, who adopted the nickname ‘batman’ during his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last season, hinted his move to Spain was close by tweeting a bat emjoi next to an ellipsis on Friday afternoon.
Michy Batshuayi has agreed to leave Chelsea and join Valencia on loan for the whole season
The Belgium star decided to leave after being told he would only play a bit-part role at Chelsea
A host of other clubs around Europe were interested in taking Batshuayi on loan after he impressed by netting nine goals in the back-end of last season for Dortmund, but he has opted to move to Valencia with ambitions to play regular football in La Liga.
The 24-year-old will spend the entire season at the La Liga side, but there is no option to make the switch permanent included in the deal.
Maurizio Sarri initially had Batshuayi as part of his plans but has now changed his mind
BATSHUAYI STATS LAST SEASON
(For Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund)
Sarri managed to strengthen his Chelsea squad with two new arrivals this week in Kepa Arrizabalaga and Mateo Kovacic, but fans will be bemused by his decision to allow a striker leave the club before the start of the season.
Alvaro Morata is yet to set the world alight after a disappointing campaign last season and Olivier Giroud represents the only main challenger to lead Chelsea’s attack.
Batshuayi’s move does however hand Tammy Abraham his Chelsea chance, with Sarri making the Englishman back-up to Morata and Giroud.
Batshuayi’s move gives Tammy Abraham his Chelsea chance as third-choice striker at the club