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Batshuayi wants to fight for Chelsea spot, despite AS Roma interest — reports

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Minutes for Michy!

Michy Batshuayi remains firmly entrenched as Chelsea’s third-choice striker at the moment, and unless something happens to either Tammy Abraham or Olivier Giroud, that looks unlikely to change anytime soon.

Then again, you never really know how things might play out, and injuries and bad runs of form are commonplace. With that in mind, Michy apparently wants to keep fighting for his place in the team. And unlike in the case of Tiemoue Bakayoko, it seems like Frank Lampard wants Batshuayi around as well — Batshuayi was on the bench for the Super Cup, for example.

Meanwhile, over in Italy, AS Roma are being urged to follow through on their initial inquiry, especially as they could be losing both Edin Dzeko and Patrick Shick in the final two weeks of the transfer window. Former (and maybe current, too?) Roma director Franco Baldini, who’s still close to Roma president James Palotta, wants the Giallorossi to pursue the 25-year-old striker who has two years left on his Chelsea contract.

Keeping Batshuayi around for one last chance at Chelsea is probably the best option for us. The club invested heavily in the Belgian international, and he showed some promise under Antonio Conte as well as while on loan at Borussia Dortmund. He’s a natural finisher who just needs to find his tactical feet and link-up play. If he’s willing to learn, Lampard’s willing to teach.