Michy Batshuayi has struggled to find his feet in his maiden season at Chelsea, playing second fiddle to Diego Costa for much of the campaign.
The Belgium striker moved to Stamford Bridge last summer in a big-money deal from Marseille, but is yet to find the form that made him one of Europe’s hottest prospects in France and Belgium.
The 23-year-old striker is keen on a move away from Chelsea ahead of a season that leads into a World Cup, however, the forward will not be allowed to leave unless Chelsea have a replacement lined up already, according to the Mirror.
Chelsea are also uncertain about the future of their star striker Diego Costa, who has been linked with a £76m move to China. Costa is believed to be keen on a return to Atlético Madrid, however that Spanish side’s transfer ban make any potential move impossible until January 2018.
In a season that was spent mostly on the Blues bench, Batshuayi actually enjoyed a more fruitful season that you may think, scoring nine goals and assisting another three in all competitions for Chelsea. The striker managed an incredible record of scoring every 47 minutes in the Premier League.
When discussing the limited game time Batshuayi has had to endure this season, the striker said: ““Everyone knows that I have to play more, that I have to score goals. There’s a World Cup coming up next year. I want to be ready for the World Cup.
“But I’m not going to ask anything. I’m going to listen to what they are saying. They are the boss, not me. And afterwards, I’ll discuss it with my agent and the club. Amicably, as friends. Of course.”
The young forward also spoke about his relationship with the Chelsea players, and that all important goal against West Brom.
“Certainly when you’re surrounded by top class players, like Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, all of them, you only can make progress in a situation like that. I haven’t played a lot, you know,” Batshuayi said, “but I managed to score one of the most important goals.
Always happy and proud to be called for international duty but now its time for a little break before joining the squad pic.twitter.com/jzhZ942U49
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) May 30, 2017
“It gave me a boost. Good for me, good for the team. Of course I wanted to play more and of course, I wanted to score more goals. That’s normal. All players want that. But we have become champions. That’s really good for me. It’s a wonderful experience.”