Chelsea Transfer News: Michy Batshuayi Plays Down Rumours of Early Return

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist INovember 16, 2018

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 15: Michy Batshuayi celebrates after winning during the UEFA Nations League A group two match between Belgium and Iceland at King Baudouin Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)
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Michy Batshuayi has played down rumours he could end his loan spell with La Liga side Valencia early and return to Chelsea.

The Belgium international moved to the Mestalla on a season-long loan in August but has managed just one La Liga goal, prompting speculation he could head back to Stamford Bridge.

"On my departure from Valencia, there are only rumours," he said, per Tom Kershaw at The Independent. "I have no problem with the club, and I understand the coach [Marcelino] very well. We are in a bad phase, but we will continue working to overcome the slump."

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Michy Batshuayi of Valencia reacts during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on October 7, 2018 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Valencia were considering cutting Batshuayi's loan deal short because of his unimpressive performances, according to Marca (h/t Aaron Stokes at the Daily Star).

The 25-year-old has not scored in the league since netting in September's 1-1 draw against Celta Vigo. And he was left out of Valencia's squad for the recent clash with Getafe.

Batshuayi has managed to get back on the goalscoring trail while on international duty with Belgium. He scored twice in a 2-0 UEFA Nations League win over Iceland on Thursday.

His performance drew plenty of praise:

Goal UK @GoalUK

Batshuayi vs Iceland: 🎯 3 shots on target ⚽️ 2 goals 😲 1 woodwork hit 🙌 1 chance created The striker was brilliant for Belgium last night - and has received plenty of praise! https://t.co/B8aUFCKGow

Meanwhile, Chelsea's strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have come under scrutiny this season. The Spain international managed just one goal in his first nine appearances for the Blues this term, while Giroud has only scored once.

Former Blues striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes the club needs another option in attack to challenge for the Premier League title.

"I think every club that is going to challenge for the Premier League needs three strikers," he told Dan Sansom at Sky Sports News.

Chelsea are interested in signing Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in January, per The Sun's Mike McGrath

However, Cherries manager Eddie Howe would not entertain any interest in his England international, according to Ned Payne at the Daily Echo.

There's a sense that Chelsea need more firepower if they are to claim silverware this season.

Batshuayi's loan move is not working out how they would have wanted, but it remains to be seen whether manager Maurizio Sarri has any interest in recalling him from Valencia.