MICHY BATSHUAYI has laughed off “false” reports he is set to come out as gay.
A Twitter user claimed the Chelsea striker had told team-mates he is homosexual.
But Batshuayi, 24, responded: “Bro even your mother knows thats false (sic),” alongside four “crying with laughter” emojis.
Former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger and ex-Leeds winger Robbie Rogers both came out as gay AFTER leaving English football.
No player has ever come out while still playing in the top flight.
A number of campaigns to promote gender equality and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players in football are ongoing.
In October, former Stoke and West Brom ace Carl Hoefkens told De Zondag he played alongside three gay players, including two in the Premier League.
He said: “I played alongside three gay footballers, including one who was a genuinely big name.
“They did not hide who they were in the dressing-room.
“One was at Club Brugge, and the other two were in England.
“I won’t name names as I respect their requests. One of them would even arrive at training with his boyfriend.
“They asked us to keep quiet to the outside world, but don’t ask me why.”
N’Golo Kante: This is what time I get to Chelsea’s training ground every day
N’Golo Kante has revealed that he gets into Cobham to report for Chelsea training every day at around 9:30am.
The French midfielder has developed into one of the Premier League’s finest players in recent seasons after breaking into the first team at Leicester and helping the Foxes win the title in the 2015-16 campaign.
Kante then moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2016 and helped the Blues win the title in Antonio Conte’s first campaign in charge at the club.
The midfielder was voted as the PFA player of the year as he helped the west London side win the title for the second time in three years.
And Kante has now lifted the lid on his daily training ritual as he prepares for games with the Blues.
Kante told Chelsea’s website: “On a normal day I come maybe around 9.30, take my breakfast.
“After I stay a little bit in the dressing room. Some days I go to the treatment room for recovery.
“I go to the gym to do some exercises and some stretching to make sure I am ready for training.”