Chelsea loanee denies rumours he is set to exit La Liga side

Jamie Woodhouse
Michy Batshuayi TEAMtalk

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has rubbished talk that his poor run at Valencia will mean an early return to Stamford Bridge. 

The Belgium international has made 11 appearances for the Spanish side this season, who sit in the bottom half of the table, but has scored only one La Liga goal, his only other one coming in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys.

Batshuayi has failed to nail down a place at Chelsea since he signed with them from Marseille in 2016. He spent the second half last season on loan with Borussia Dortmund where he netted seven Bundesliga goals in 10 games, but is so far failing to build upon that form.

International games have not been an issue for Batshuayi however, with the 25-year-old netting both goals in Belgium’s 2-0 Nations League win over Iceland.

Discussing his Valencia future after that game he said: “On my departure from Valencia, there are only rumours.

“I have no problem with the club and I understand the coach [Marcelino] very well.

“We are in a bad phase, but we will continue working to overcome the slump.”

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez praised Batshuayi’s display.

“He moved well for the opening goal,” said Martinez.

“I’m glad he scored twice, but he also played a good game. I was delighted with his overall performance.”