Antonio Conte insists Michy Batshuayi will not be sent out on loan by Chelsea this winter.

With Diego Costa suspended for the Boxing Day clash with AFC Bournemouth, many felt summer signing Batshuayi would be given his chance to start in the Premier League.

However, Conte went with Eden Hazard as the central figure in his front three and it worked a treat as the Blues won 3-0.

Despite Batshuayi’s presence only as a very late sub at Stamford Bridge, even with Costa out of the match day squad, he will not be going anywhere next month according to Conte.

Michy Batshuayiis a really good player but he’s a young player and he is trying to adapt to this league,” he said.

“I try to make the best decision for the team but I am sure Michy will have the possibility to play in the future.

“I wanted to give him the opportunity to play and have another appearance and it happened at the end. We have to continue to work with him every day to try together to improve him, and to bring him to the best condition to help us in this league. We need him.

“I won’t let him go on loan. He’s a new player for Chelsea and to go on loan now is a defeat for the club and for me. Every decision I make is because I want to win.”