23-year-old reportedly ‘determined’ to play for Chelsea this season

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Much was made of the Belgian’s lack of action last season, with the forward typically cast aside in favour of Diego Costa up front, with just 1 Premier League start coming through the entirety of the campaign.

He did begin to impress towards the end of the season, whilst his efforts over the summer didn’t go unnoticed, but a poor start to the 2017/18 campaign has put him back at square one.

Despite his recent poor form, Lille have been touted with a move for the Belgian, with the French side reportedly ready to give Chelsea back what they paid for him last season.

If Chelsea could get in a replacement, it’s a deal that would probably make financial sense, but according to the Daily Mail, Batshuayi has no intentions of leaving the club. The Daily Mail reports that Batshuayi is ‘determined’ to stay at Chelsea this summer and fight for his place, with the 23-year-old clearly still hopeful of earning a starting berth at Stamford Bridge.

You certainly can’t fault the Belgian for a lack of trying, though it remains unclear just how much of a role he will get at Chelsea this season. Alvaro Morata will, of course, be their first choice – and Batshuayi’s role could well be determined by how well his striking rival does.

Still, he appears committed, and that can only be a good thing for Chelsea.

On his day, Batshuayi is one of the best young forwards in Europe, but he has done very little over the last year or so to suggest that he is good enough to be a regular at Chelsea.

An own goal whilst playing Tottenham has left fans questioning his quality, and whilst he should be given enough time to improve, it remains to be seen whether he will make it at Chelsea.

That said, if the Blues sign a replacement, perhaps a sale makes sense.

More Breaking News:

Chelsea fans have called on the club to do all they can to bring Leicester City star Jamie Vardy to Stamford Bridge before next week’s transfer deadline.

According to The Telegraph, the Foxes striker is one of a number of options that the club have considered over the summer.

As well as Vardy, Chelsea are believed to have also considered strengthening their attack by making a move for Christian Benteke, Fernando Llorente and Andrea Belotti.

Given the links with the England international, Antonio Conte’s Blues could well plot a triple raid on Leicester City with Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater also reported targets.

Despite signing Alvaro Morata in the summer for a club-record fee, supporters feel that Vardy would turn out to be a terrific signing for the club if they could strike a deal with the Foxes.

Chelsea are considering a shock bid for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

The champions are keen to bolster their attack with Diego Costa in exile and uncertainty over Michy Batshuayi’s future.

They have made no secret of their desire to sign Vardy’s Foxes teammate Danny Drinkwater and now the Stamford Bridge outfit are showing an interest in the England forward as well in a double raid.

The 30-year-old scored 24 goals when the Foxes won the title 15 months ago and followed it up with 13 Premier League goals last season.

He is already off the mark this term after a double in the opening day defeat at Arsenal and has six in 16 England games.

Vardy’s age and cost fits into Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia’s plan to run the club on a more sustainable basis.

Granovskaia and boss Antonio Conte have held a series of meetings this summer over transfer targets with Roman Abramovich’s trusted aide calling the shots.

She feels there is better value in signing either younger players or older players rather than paying top dollar for stars in their prime.

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