Arsenal and Chelsea halted as striking star rules out Ligue 1 exit

Arsenal and Chelsea have been halted in their efforts to sign Michy Batshuayi after he played down speculation over his exit from Marseille, Daily Star reports.

The 22-year-old has caught the eye of a host of European giants after a number of good displays in front of goal this season.

His performance has also led him to get called up by Belgium national team boss Marc Wilmots with Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United among the teams interested in his services.

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However, after an interview with French media outlet Telefoot, Batshuayi revealed that he sees his future in the Ligue 1 as he is not keen on a departure at the moment.

“Of course my future is here,” he said.

“There is a lot of love, a magnificent stadium, magnificent supporters.

“I do not think it can be better elsewhere. Sorry, you’re still going to see me for some time.”

Marseille president Vincent Labrune also added that because of his recent performances, he is being linked with almost every top flight club in world football.

“He is one of the most wanted players on the market. There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he did not want to leave,”he said.

He has featured in 14 league matches so far this term, scoring nine goals while providing a further four assists, and is currently valued at around the £35million region.