The once promising Michy Batshuayi loan to Valencia last summer turned completely sour through its course, with neither Michy nor Valencia having success in finding the back of the net. The club now sit at 11th place in the Spanish League with 22 points registered in 18 matches — only 5 points above the relegation zone. A drastic change from their previous campaign, where they finished in fourth place with 73 points across 38 games.
And so, the Chelsea striker is heading out for an early exit from the season-long loan arranged back in August last year. Valencia director Mateu Alemany confirmed today that they are looking for clubs for Batshuayi, and he expects to find his next suitor quite soon.
“We are negotiating [Michy’s] exit with many clubs, and because of it I expect that his exit will be materialised in the next hours or days.”
Most importantly, Michy is fully aware of the circumstances. It is unfortunate that things did not work out for him during his time in Spain. But he should get a good chance to shine in the second half of the season, given that many clubs are interested in him.
“The player understands the situation perfectly, that has been manifested for many weeks. There are many clubs interested [in him] and we hope, for the player and Valencia’s sake, that we find a good solution for the footballer and for the club.”
“He is leaving and that is a matter of time and negotiations.”
-Mateu Alemany; Source: Superdeporte
It is clear that despite his lack of goals — he scored just 3 times in 23 appearances for Valencia across all competitions —, his stock did not drop a lot and he remains a hot commodity for the winter transfer window. Clubs still hold him in high regard, and we can only hope that is also the case at Chelsea.