Abramovich Intervention, Morata Return, and Courtois' Heart Elsewhere

Abramovich Intervention

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich intervened to stop a permanent move for Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian joined the Bundesliga side on loan for the rest of the season in January, and the German side were reportedly keen to add a future fee in the deal. Abramovich is said to have vetoed any decision to add a clause into the deal that would have seen Batshuayi join Dortmund on a permanent deal. The Belgian has made a bright start to life on loan, scoring three goals in two games.

Morata Return

Summer signing Alvaro Morata has cast doubt over his long-term future at Chelsea, suggesting a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards. Morata left the Spanish side in the summer, joining Chelsea for a club record fee.

“I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me.”

“And I’m very happy here. But Madrid is always Madrid.”

The Spaniard made a good start to life in the Premier League, but recent performances have been disappointing. Morata has missed the last few fixtures through injury, but returned to action as Chelsea beat West Brom on Monday night.

Courtois’ Heart Elsewhere

Thibaut Courtois has admitted that his heart is in Madrid, and has done nothing to quash rumours of a potential summer move to Real Madrid. The Belgian is yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge, and the Spanish champions are reportedly very keen on the goalkeeper. Courtois’ children currently live in the Spanish capital, and he has admitted his personal situation could play a huge part in whether he stays at Chelsea. Real Madrid are also said to be keen on signing Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, but could make a move for Courtois in the summer after the World Cup.