CHELSEA are set for a U-turn over their approach to Michy Batshuayi’s future at the club.
The Belgium international endured a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge following his £33million move from Marseille.
While Chelsea enjoyed title success, Batshuayi played little part in their campaign, starting just one Premier League game.
Diego Costa was prioritised up front without the worry of burnout as the Blues were not involved in European football.
But shifting winger Eden Hazard into a striker role was even preferred to bringing in Batshuayi by Conte.
A loan exit had looked likely, with West Ham linked as well as a potential return to France.
However, according to the Evening Standard, Batshuayi’s impressive form in pre-season and good attitude means he is now expected to stay.
Conte is apparently being won over by the 23-year-old’s performances in matches and significantly in training too.
Batshuayi has got on the scoresheet against Bayern Munich, Fulham and Arsenal during pre-season.
And even with Alvaro Morata having been brought in for a club-record £70m from Real Madrid, Batshuayi is now set to remain at Chelsea as a back-up.
The Evening Standard add Conte wants another striker with Swansea’s Fernando Llorente targeted, but Chelsea won’t pay his £30m price-tag.
As ex-Juventus hitman Llorente is not expected to force a transfer, despite being keen on joining, it adds to the reasons why Batshuayi is not likely to leave now.
Antonio Conte has previously outlined Batshuayi needs to improve his work rate and needs time to adapt.
But the message appears to be working, leading to the boss having a change of heart.