‘Big, big chance': Tuchel says Chelsea’s forgotten £33m man could be kept in his squad for next season
Thomas Tuchel has hinted in an interview with Chelsea that Michy Batshuayi could remain at the club for next season.
The Belgian featured in the second half of the club’s 2-1 friendly win over Club America at the weekend, being seen in person by the German in a game for one of the first times.
It has been a story of loan spells since his £33m transfer, with him spending time at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Crystal Palace and Besiktas.
Last season, the 28-year-old got off to a hot start in the Turkish league, outscoring a number of the Chelsea attackers in the process.
Now, it appears the Belgium international is being offered a chance to impress Tuchel, who has claimed he is going into this season with an open mind on returning players.
Tuchel offers Batshuayi chance
He said: “For all of them [a chance]. Malang and Trevoh did from more or less out of nothing, they earned a place in their squad and played a huge role in the season.
“Everyone has the chance now to show up. The big part is that the players that are now here, it’s a nice group of players. It’s an open group of players who make it easy for you to feel welcome and show your best level.
“It’s not always like this, that’s what makes the group special. That’s why the youngsters and players like Michy Batshuayi, and everyone who is new in the group, they have a big, big chance.
“They are responsible for what they make out of it and right now they give 100%, that’s what we demand.”
With Armando Broja set to leave the club, an unlikely opportunity could be grasped by Batshuayi, who has frequently been prolific for the club in the low minutes he has been offered.
An opportunity to at least become a rotation player is certainly there, with the Blues hardly blessed for regular goalscorers at the club right now.