MICHY BATSHUAYI SET TO RETURN TO CHELSEA

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Valencia general director Mateu Alemany has confirmed Valencia are in talks to cut short Michy Batshuayi’s loan deal.

Alemany confirmed Batshuayi would be heading back to Stamford Bridge at a press conference on Thursday and he revealed negotiations over the termination of Batshuayi’s loan deal were ongoing.

Batshuayi has struggled in the Spanish League, scoring only three goals in 23 appearances for Valencia in all competitions this season.

“Batshuayi’s situation is very clear. We are negotiating the player’s exit with various other clubs,” Alemany said.

“I expect he will leave in the coming hours or days. The player knows he is leaving, we told him some weeks ago. We hope that, for his sake, this can be resolved as soon as possible. He is leaving and it’s now a matter of negotiation.”

Alemany’s comments suggest Batshuayi will be loaned out to a different club rather than return to Stamford Bridge despite Chelsea’s search for a striker.

Batshuayi was on fire during his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last year, scoring seven times in ten games but failed to replicate his goalscoring form in La Liga, where he netted only once.

Batshuayi was criticized by Valencia boss Marcelino after dismal 45 minutes as Valencia were knocked out of the Copa del Rey 2-1 by Sporting Gijon on Tuesday.

He missed a sitter after just six minutes and was substituted at half-time.

Marcelino hinted the 25-year-old striker had run out of chances at Valencia after his display against Sporting Gijon on Tuesday.

“I think we have to get in some strikers. I’ve clearly run out of patience with certain individuals,” Marcelino said.

“We could have gone in front in the first minute. It was the best opportunity I have seen us create for six months. If you can’t even get a shot in on target you are not fit to play in the Primera Liga for Valencia.

“I don’t make substitutions to send signals to anyone – I make them based on the performances I see. On the effort and the commitment, on everything that I see. I set out to be fair, and I make changes starting from that point.”

Batshuayi could make a return to the Premier League with reports claiming West Ham and Crystal Palace are both interested in a man who cost the Blues £33 million when he joined from Marseille in 2016.

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