CHELSEA star Michy Batshuayi says Antonio Conte believes in him.
The Belgium international has played a peripheral role since joining the club from Marseille for £33m in July 2016.
He was linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge in the summer.
But the 24-year-old stayed put and now looks set to play an important role with Alvaro Morata injured.
Batshuayi says he’d have been out of the door if Conte didn’t rate him.
He told The Sun: “I really think Conte believes in me otherwise he would have said I could leave in the transfer window – and he didn’t say that.
“His decisions often depend on the opponent and the tactics, and that is beyond my power.
“Conte congratulates me because he knows that I am working hard.
“I am stronger tactically thanks to him, as are all the Chelsea players because he is a very good coach.
“It sounds strange to say, but the misfortune of one is sometimes the happiness of the other.
“I know I will get more opportunities to play in the coming weeks.
“And is it then up to me to show that I am capable.”
Chelsea hopeful on Morata return
The timescale of Alvaro Morata’s return from a hamstring injury is still unclear and Chelsea will wait on the results of further tests.
The 24-year-old limped out of Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday and withdrew from the Spanish national team squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel.
Despite initial reports of the striker missing between four and eight weeks, ESPN report the English champions will carry out further tests and are hopeful of a swift return for the summer signing.
“I have no time to lose! Working hard towards recovery! Crystal Palace,” Morata posted on Instagram.
The striker has made a fast start to life at Stamford Bridge, netting eight goals in nine appearances for Antonio Conte’s side.