Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi believes that Antonio Conte could have sold him in the summer window if he wanted to, report The Sun.
Batshuayi joined Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2016 for what The Sun report to be a £33M fee. At the time the agreement was announced, Conte was yet to take the reins at Stamford Bridge due to his commitments with the national team.
Was Batshuayi’s signing given the green light by Conte? That is unclear, but his lack of willingness to use him last season, despite his good performances when he was given an opportunity, suggests that he did not.
Regardless, Batshuayi remained at Stamford Bridge in the summer window, despite the Belgian openly admitting during an interview with The Sun that Conte could have sold him if he wanted to. He believes that this was a show of faith from his manager, as The Sun report:
“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.”
Batshuayi’s comments suggest that there was a possibility of him departing SW6 in the past months, but Conte was not keen to see him depart. He can start displaying the faith he has in him by starting him against Crystal Palace if Alvaro Morata is ruled out.