Chelsea's quest to SIGN ALL THE BELGIANS continued this summer with the acquisition of Michy Batshuayi from Olympique Marseille. Or should we say, Michypeur. Gotta catch 'em all!
While the rest of his Belgium teammates are still enjoying their vacations, Batshuayi decided to join Chelsea training early, arriving at the team's Austrian camp ahead of Wednesday night's friendly against RZ Pellets WAC. His appearance in that match caused massive confusion for less informed match announcers, but the man in shirt no.23 was quick to make a good impression nonetheless.
Having now taken part in a second friendly as well, scoring twice against local side ATUS Ferlach, Michy is already feeling very much at home at Chelsea.
"Very happy! It's been really, really good. Everyone in the group has made me feel at home, and everyone has helped me so much, the players and the backroom staff too. Even people who don't speak French have tried for me. There is a great atmosphere here."
"I have a perfect relationship with the coach as well. I already feel like I am progressing a lot under him. I am still young, 22, and I am happy to have a great coach who will make me improve."
"Training has been very tactical and very physical, it's been on another level. It's been different to what I experienced before because you have to be 100 per cent concentrated in every session."
"I felt really good to play my first match in a Chelsea shirt. Beforehand the coach told me to use what I had learned in training and put it into practice during the game. It went well I think."
"I was just a little bit tired because it had only been two days after I had started preparations for the season, but I feel I am progressing bit by bit so it's no problem. I had a couple of chances on Wednesday and it was a bit of a shame not to score but that changed yesterday, so all good!"
-Michy Batshuayi; source: Chelsea FC
The enthusiastic Batshuayi and the rest of the first team squad will be joined by Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois before they all head off to the United States on Sunday, looking to build on the progress made in training so far.