Chelsea Football Club’s new forward, Michy Batshuayi, has described how he was blown away by the club’s desire to succeed after only one day with the Blues.
The Belgian, who signed a five-year deal to play his football in West London after a £33.2 million deal was agreed with Marseille midway through the 2016 European Championships in France, recently linked up with his new Chelsea team-mates after enjoying a brief holiday. He has said that he’s keen to win some silverware and believes that the Blues are perfectly positioned to help him achieve his wishes.
Speaking to Chelsea’s in-house magazine the forward said, “Just being at the training ground for one day I can see it’s very big and you feel you’ve joined a club that really want to win. Everything is new and that is exciting”. Chelsea finished their 2015-2016 league campaign in tenth position in the English top-flight, having changed manager’s halfway through the season after José Mourinho was sacked in December for leading the club to its worse start to a top-flight campaign since the 1960s.
Antonio Conte, who was managing Italy at the Euros this summer, has been brought in to replace the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ on a permanent basis after Guus Hiddink was brought in as the club’s interim boss for the second time in his career. He previously worked at Stamford Bridge in 2009 when Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, sacked Brazilian Luis Felipe Scolari.
Conte is keen to put his own stamp on the squad and Batshuayi was one of his first signings. Of the manager the Belgian said, “It’s a great opportunity. Conte is a manager who works very hard and likes people to work hard for him as well. I am very pleased to come and play for him here at Chelsea”
The 22-year-old said, “It’s a magnificent feeling. It feels fantastic to be here, it’s a childhood dream for me so I’m very happy”. He travelled out to America with the rest of the Chelsea squad over the weekend as they look to begin their pre-season training programme before the start of what is likely to be another gruelling Premier League campaign. They will face Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in friendly match stateside as both teams look to break into the lucrative American market.