Why Michy Batshuayi snubbed Chelsea's Premier League rivals for a move elsewhere

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By / Transfers / Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:56

The Belgium striker signed for Chelsea from Marseille in summer 2016, and despite a decent goals record of 19 strikes in 53 appearances (many of which were from the bench), he was lent to Borussia Dortmund in January 2017.

After nine goals in 14 games for the German giants, he returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but Maurizio Sarri did not want to keep him and he was loaned to Valencia.

He’s flopped at the Mestalla though, only netting three times in 23 games and now Monaco are in pole position.
But Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur, speaking on the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast, has revealed he could have been on his way to a Premier League side.
Terreur explained: “Chelsea offered him around everywhere in the Premier League.

“They offered him to Everton but they already have Kurt Zouma on loan so they couldn’t take two Chelsea players on loan according to the rules.

“They offered him to Crystal Palace, but from the first moment when Valencia said ‘we’re going to cut his loan short’, I knew he was going to opt for Monaco.

“Because Thierry Henry, manager of Monaco, had been in touch with him for several weeks.
“[He was] calling him often to convince him to join Monaco.

“Batshuayi loves to work with Henry, they worked together in the Belgian national team, he’s really looking up to him.

“And Michael Emenalo, the man who pushed for his move when he was at Chelsea before [is also at Monaco].

“He’ll only find people that believe in him.”
The fact Chelsea are so keen to offload the striker on loan again is a damning indictment of his future at the club, given their current struggles with forwards.

Alvaro Morata is also expected to leave during the January window, while Olivier Giroud is being left on the bench in favour of playing winger Eden Hazard up front.

Gonzalo Higuain is the most likely forward to move to Stamford Bridge this month, but the fact he is on loan at AC Milan from Juventus right now makes any deal complicated.

Source:https://www.dailystar.co.uk

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