Michy Batshuayi has landed in Germany with a bang, scoring five goals in three matches and not only turning heads but setting tongues wagging — his own and Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez’s.
The Batsman himself if as happy as can be wearing the black and yellow, as you’d expect. In an interview with Belgian outlet Sporza (as translated by talkSport), he talked about the fun he’s having.
“As a young player, you need a lot of playing time to evolve. It’s perfect here, and I’m trusted by everyone.”
If you read between the lines, you can see the next bit coming. He’s not particularly thrilled that he didn’t get more playing time under Conte, which is exactly what you want and hope from any player.
“I did not have a good time at Chelsea, but I’m doing well here and I’ve been well received by my colleagues and supporters.
”Sitting on the bench, scoring a goal and then being back on the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.”
This is a natural and desirable reaction. If a player doesn’t have the fire to play all the time, he doesn’t belong at the top of the game. So there’s not much to worry about here.
As for his future with Chelsea, Dortmund confirm that there is no loan-to-buy clause in his contract. And Michy is keeping his head down and not worrying about it, again exactly as you’d want.
“I don’t know [if Conte was watching]. They are concentrating on the Premier League and have an important Champions League tie next week.
”I hope it turns out well for them.
“I’m not thinking about that [returning]. For me, it’s important to perform well for Borussia Dortmund in every match. I’ll deal with the situation as it comes.”
-Michy Batshuayi; source: Sporza via talkSport
Even is Conte isn’t watching, which strikes us as being unlikely, we know of one manager who definitely is. That’s Red Devils manager Roberto Martinez, who’s
once again singing in the shower going all poetic in his delight at Michy’s explosion of goals.
“Maybe Michy is the most beautiful fruit of the Winter Mercato, as an attacker you have to go for a first goal in your new club, Michy has already done very smoothly, he has to confirm this form until the end of the season.
“His role in Russia Michy is not a newcomer to the Red Devils, he is someone who can finish it and has always had a big impact every time he was allowed to play, he has always shown that he is ready when we need him.“
-Roberto Martinez; source: Sporza via Google Translate
So, a player ripe with goals and a national team manager with a voracious appetite for them. This loan couldn’t be playing out any better for Chelsea, BVB or Belgium. Win-win-win.