As reported by The Evening Standard, Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is set to wait until after the World Cup before deciding on his future career direction.
Batshuayi was sent to Borussia Dortmund on loan in January after failing to make an impression or get the football he needs in Antonio Conte’s squad.
The striker produced magical form for the German side and was clearly delighted to be a part of the set-up, leading to speculation he could look to quit Chelsea permanently.
Now, ahead of going to the World Cup with Belgium, the forward has discussed his future plans without giving much away.
As quoted by The Evening Standard, the 24-year-old said:
Dortmund was a great experience for me. They welcomed me very warmly. I was in a good environment and you could see that on the pitch.
It was a while since I had played so much. I can’t remember being allowed to play two games in a row at Chelsea. It was good to gain confidence.
I don’t have a preference; they’re two beautiful clubs. My focus is on the World Cup right now and I don’t want to think about what happens afterwards.
At the very least it sounds like he is considering a move away and clearly wants regular first team football. Can Chelsea offer him that next season?
There’s no doubt that Batshuayi didn’t exactly make the most of his opportunities at Stamford Bridge when he did get into Conte’s team, but it’s also true that he was rarely given a regular game at the Blues.
His nine goals in 14 appearances for Dortmund demonstrate he is an elite striker who can find form when supported properly and Chelsea should consider strongly giving him more opportunities next season, especially since Alvaro Morata has hardly kicked on as a striking stand-out.
Rated at £36m by Transfermarkt, there’s also the option of cashing in on his ability and moving him on, but with Chelsea needing fresh ideas in attack next term, they should at least see what Batshuayi has to offer initially after his confidence boosting loan spell.