Why Batshuayi's Return to Chelsea Could be a Good Thing

Belgium striker Batshuayi has scored a single goal in 15 top-flight appearances for Valencia, who are 12th in the table having qualified for the Champions League last term. At 25, he is still looking to prove his worth when Chelsea signed him for €40 million in 2016.

Valencia's general director Mateu Alemany said discussions over Batshuayi, who has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, depend on "various other clubs".

However, the Belgian has been in bad form at Valencia this season, scoring just one goal in 15 matches.

"We are expecting an exit in the few hours or days".

"The player knows and we hope to reach a solution soon for the good of all parties".

Batshuayi initially became a hot prospect in the market last summer, following his fiery performance during the second half of the 2017/18 campaign with Borussia Dortmund.

Marco Silva has reacted to Nikola Vlašić's comments about his Everton future earlier this week, saying he will have to wait and "see what happens". "He is leaving and it's now a matter of negotiation".

There has been no indication from Chelsea that they want to keep hold of him, despite the club's striker struggles with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

But for all of Batshuayi's impressive scoring rates around Europe, he found himself loaned out once more this season to Spanish side Valencia. The Belgian's only played 32 times in the Premier League, although still a damn sight more than some of the Blues' loanees, but he's played almost as many games in La Liga and the Bundesliga in that time.

  • Rosalie Stanley