Michy Batshuayi will leave Chelsea in January as Antonio Conte does not rate him.
That is the verdict of former Stamford Bridge striker and Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino, who delivered his assessment after Conte failed to back the Belgian, 24, in the absence of main main Alvaro Morata.
Cascarino pointed out that Batshuayi is not fully trusted by the manager, who wanted to sign Fernando Llorente in the summer and demote the former Marseille man in the Chelsea forward pecking order.
“When you are at a club and they are trying to sign a 32-year-old, 6ft 4in striker who would make you the third-choice No 9, then it’s clear the manager doesn’t rate you,” Cascarino wrote in the Times.
“That’s the situation Batshuayi has found himself in at Chelsea. And even though Antonio Conte didn’t sign Fernando Llorente, he’s still trying to not play Batshuayi.
“Against Manchester City last month, Conte replaced the injured Alvaro Morata with Willian after 35 minutes, then when they were chasing a goal against Crystal Palace he subbed Batshuayi on 57 minutes.
“How many arrows can be fired into his back? Conte clearly doesn’t rate him and that rubs off on the fans, who think he’s not good enough. It’s clear that his future lies elsewhere and I think he will leave the club in January.”
Given that Chelsea forked out £32million to beat a host of other clubs to sign Batshuayi, it is unlikely they would sell him in January unless they can recoup the fee paid 15 months ago.