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Michy Batshuayi future dependent on Chelsea transfer market success

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The reality of Chelsea's unlikely hero from Friday night remains that regardless of the title-clinching goal, Michy Batshuayi has only played 678 minutes this season with only 123 of those minutes coming in the Premier League. For a £33 million summer arrival, that’s disappointing on multiple levels even if attention from it has largely been diverted by the team’s tremendous success on the pitch, and his future thus remains far from assured.

In fact, according to the Telegraph, Michy's future will depend entirely on how successful Chelsea will be in landing marquee signing such as Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal's Alexis Sánchez. That may be an obvious statement, but it does speak to the expendability of the 23-year-old, either on loan or on a permanent transfer.

West Ham, who were in the race for his signature last summer already could be a possible destination. There are also French clubs Olympique Marseille (where Michy was playing before Chelsea) and Monaco (where he possibly be used as an asset to help acquire Thomas Lemar or Tiemoué Bakayoko).

Still young and still promising, Batshuayi has put in a lot of work on the training ground to improve his prospects within the team. He repaid Conte’s faith on Friday night and he should finally get his first Premier League start either tonight or on Sunday.

“I am very happy to have helped the team at a big moment.”

“Of course it’s been a very difficult season for me personally, but I knew it wouldn’t be easy because this is a great club with great players. I have worked very hard and I have now made a big contribution which is a dream. Even if I haven’t played much I have learned a lot during the week in training, and whenever I get minutes I give my maximum.”

“Now I want to keep helping the team in the last few weeks which are very important because we have a Cup final to win, and we will give everything to achieve that.”

-Michy Batshuayi; source: Chelsea FC

Is there still hope of a Chelsea future for Michy? There’s still hope of a Chelsea future for Michy.