Michy Batshuayi has claimed to Voetbal Magazine that Antonio Conte wasn’t always truthful to him when Chelsea manager.
The Belgian was signed in the summer of 2016 at the beginning of the Italian’s two-year reign at Stamford Bridge.
However, despite the big-money move he spent the summer playing second fiddle to Diego Costa, who starred as they bounced back from a dire campaign 12 months earlier to win the league.
In a front three alongside Eden Hazard and Pedro, there were very few opportunities for the striker to gain regular minutes.
He did score the goal which won his side the league at the Hawthorns late in the season, writing his name into club folklore.
Batshuayi calls out Conte
However, he has claimed that his time under the Italian was not a rosy as it seemed, with things he was promised not always coming to fruition.
He said: “Conte was constantly contradicting himself. To start with my arrival. He called me to him and explained his project. He wanted me to play in a two-man vanguard alongside Diego Costa. Did I believe that? Of course, because Conte has played with two attackers all his career. Except at Chelsea with me…
“I do not understand. I’m sure we would have had a fantastic season together, but hey, Chelsea have won the championship so what can I say? Look, those are my frustrations. But since the club is running well, I have to keep quiet. Otherwise I’ll be the bad apple, thinking only of itself… The truth is I’ve been fooled far too many times.”
He is currently seemingly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, with him failing to impress Thomas Tuchel during the club’s pre-season tour.
There had been some interest from Premier League clubs in Batshuayi’s service, although it is currently unknown whether he’ll find a new club for this season.