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Antonio Conte praises Michy Batshuayi

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Amidst the excitement of Antonio Conte's first few days and the chase for N'Golo Kante, it's almost easy to forget that Chelsea have already made a big-money signing just recently, spending a reported €40 million on Olympique Marseille's Michy Batshuayi.

Despite the large transfer fee, the 22-year-old striker has not been burdened by too many expectations; if anything, the general consensus seems to be trending in the opposite direction.  Antonio Conte however believes Batshuayi capable of making an impact straight away.

"Absolutely I think Michy can make an impact because he is a young player but very strong, with good technique. He uses two feet. He is a great talent. I am very happy that Batshuayi is with us and I know the club bought a great player for the present and the future."

-Antonio Conte; source: Sky Sports

With the pursuit of Álvaro Morata seemingly halted by Real Madrid, and Graziano Pellè moving to Chinese club Shandong Luneng, Batshuayi is entering preseason as either the immediate backup to Diego Costa or perhaps even as the second (starting) striker in a two-man front line.

Hopefully he will be able to back up Conte's words with good performances on the pitch from the get-go.  If his driving's any indication, he's going to have to work on the whole discipline thing a bit first though.

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