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Exclusive: Pundit praises Palace after not pursuing permanent Michy Batshuayi deal

Carlton Palmer has backed Crystal Palace’s decision not to make Michy Batshuayi’s loan move permanent.

Batshuayi spent a season-and-a-half on loan at Selhurst Park as Palace negotiated two separate temporary deals with Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The striker’s latest spell with the Eagles came last term but he failed to make a lasting impression, scoring just two goals in 20 appearances.

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That took his overall tally up to eight goals in Palace colours – a meagre return compared to 22 goals in 35 international outings for Belgium.

Following his return to Chelsea at the end of last season, the Blues put Batshuayi up for sale with the intention of recouping £10million.

But Palace, under new manager Patrick Vieira following his appointment last month, failed to return for Batshuayi and the 27-year-old is now at Turkish giants Besiktas on a season-long loan after Chelsea could not find a buyer.

Former Premier League midfielder Palmer believes Palace would have been wasting money if they had signed Batshuayi, whose Chelsea’s contract is thought to be worth £90,000-a-week.

He exclusively told Football FanCast: “You can’t pursue a permanent deal when a player hasn’t performed. It’s as simple as that.

“He was disappointing, so it just makes sense that they didn’t look to sign him. He didn’t set the world on fire and would have commanded serious wages. For that, you need a player who is going to be performing so, 100 per cent, Crystal Palace were right on that.”

Article title: Exclusive: Pundit praises Palace after not pursuing permanent Michy Batshuayi deal

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