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Batshuayi doesn’t want to repeat ‘wonderful’ first year experience at Chelsea

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In his latest quotes regarding his own future, Michy Batshuayi has elaborated a bit on his past, on what he’s learned from it, and what he’s hoping will happen now. Some of this should be familiar — Michy has repeatedly stated in recent weeks that his destiny is controlled by Chelsea and that he’s willing to do whatever the club decides is best for him.

“I’m not going to ask anything. I’m going to listen to what they are saying. They are the boss, not me. And afterwards I’ll discuss it with my agent and the club. Amicably, as friends of course.”

“A loan? That’s not up to me. That’s up to them (Chelsea). They take the decisions, not me.”

Just as he’s shown all season, that’s exemplary attitude from the 23-year-old, which makes it very easy to root for his success and not just in terms of social media exploits.

“I have lived difficult moments, but it’s in times like those that you learn the most. Certainly when you’re surrounded by top class players, like Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard, all of them, you only can make progress in a situation like that.”

“I haven’t played a lot, you know, but I managed to scored one of the most important goals. It gave me a boost. Good for me, good for the team.”

“Of course I wanted to play more. And of course I wanted to score more goals. That’s normal. All players want that. But we have become champions. Really good for me. It’s a wonderful experience.”

But as wonderful as that experience may have been, Michy does not want to repeat it next season. Not exactly anyway. He’s happy to have made progress and learned from top class players including Diego Costa (“I’ve learned a lot from him”), but now he wants and needs minutes, not least because of the World Cup coming up next summer, which is another angle he’s recently talked about as well.

“No, no, no [not another season on the bench]. Everyone knows that I have to play more, that I have to score goals. There’s a World Cup coming up next year. I want to be ready for the World Cup.”

-Michy Batshuayi; source: Telegraph

So, the situation is clear. And yet also murky. With Costa set to stay thanks to Atlético’s transfer conundrum but all signs pointing to Chelsea still pushing forward with Lukaku (“that’s something you have to ask Chelsea, not me”), Batshuayi could be the odd man left out through no fault of his own. Fortunately, he seems to have a great attitude about it all, as long as he’s not just shoved to the end of the bench as the third-string striker.

He’s been linked with various loans both in England (West Ham, among others) and in France (Marseille, Nice, etc.), and lately even Spain (Sevilla), which should hopefully enable him to land in a good temporary situation with plenty of minutes on tap. Then, next summer, we can revisit the issue, and try once again to make the best decisions Re Diego, Michy, Tammy, etc.