Chelsea have started the season with bang winning their opening game 3-0 with Pedro, Kante and Jorginho getting into scoresheet. Maurizio Sarri has started the season on winning note and would look to carry forward the winning form when they face Unai Emery’s Arsenal in the next game. Inspite of having some brilliant forward line led by Eden Hazard, the blues have failed to buy a proper striker in the transfer. Lack of goals from Spanish striker Alvaro Morata is also causing of concern. As Sarri decided to trim the squad Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi was allowed to leave on loan to La Liga side Valencia on a season-long loan.
During presentation as a new Valencia player on Sunday Batshuayi said that he is very happy to join the Spanish club.
The 24-year-old forward, who is on a season-long loan at the La Liga side from Chelsea, acknowledged that he decided to accept Valencia’s offer after his conversation with the Spanish club coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, reports Efe.
“There were a lot of teams interested in signing me, but I spoke with Marcelino and the Spanish club management and they convinced me to come here,” the Belgium forward said.
Batshuayi had joined Chelsea back in 2016 for a reported £33m fee. Last season he spent the second half of the previous season on loan to Borussia Dortmund before heading to 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with Belgium. With Chelsea having Alvaro Morata and World Cup winner Oliver Giroud in their ranks the Belgian would find difficult to get first team. During Conte’s tenure the striker made appeared from the bench. In his one and a half season with Chelsea, Batshuayi has made 53 appearances, scoring 19 goals.
Batshuayi, who said he would like to wear jersey No. 23, stressed that Valencia is a “competitive” team that fights against big clubs and will appear in the UEFA Champions League this season.
The forward, who arrived in Valencia on Saturday following his new club’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in a pre-season friendly, praised his teammates, reiterating that the atmosphere was great and Valencia fans are “fantastic.”
He pointed out that his style of playing adapts very well to the way of playing that coach Marcelino wants.
“I want to grow and I want the team to do it too. It is true that Marcelino’s style can adapt very well to mine and together we can do something great,” added Batshuayi, who was accompanied by Valencia president Anil Murthy, during the presentation.