Hazard convinced me to stay at Stamford Bridge: Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi has revealed team-mate Eden Hazard told him to stay at Chelsea when linked with a move away this summer.

Belgium international Batshuayi joined the Blues at the start of last season for 40million euros from Marseille but he found first-team opportunities hard to come by due to the impressive form of Spaniard Diego Costa.

The 24-year-old, who scored 26 league goals for Les Phoceens, made just one Premier League start although he did score the goal that delivered the league title for Chelsea.

Reports had linked the striker with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer but, after Antonio Conte signed Alvaro Morata and failed to land Fernando Llorente, the Belgian says he always wanted to stay and a chat from Hazard helped the situation at the time.

He is quoted by Dhnet.be: “It was friendly advice. When he said that, he thought a third striker was going to come, but in the end, there’s only two of us for one place. I want to succeed at this club and my relationship with Alvaro is very healthy.

“I don’t want to leave during the next transfer window, because we’re going to play a lot of games and I will certainly get an opportunity.”

Chelsea planning to break into European financial elite

Chelsea commercial director Chris Townsend says that the club are looking to break into European football’s financial elite.

The Blues were ranked eighth according to revenue in the latest figures, earning £334.6m on 2015/16. That is more than £180m less than Manchester United.

One strategy Chelsea could use is to sell the naming rights for the new Stamford Bridge along with the shirt sponsors, similar to Arsenal’s deal with Emirates.

Townsend says that Chelsea want to become a club in the top four or five of European football according to their revenue.

“Manchester United, Manchester City and others have anywhere between 50 and 70 [sponsors],” said Townsend in an interview with the Financial Times.

“We plan to focus on more premium brands in a far more limited range of categories. By creating additional revenues for Chelsea, it allows one to invest more in players.”

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