'I understand it': Darren Bent predicts 28-year-old will never play for Chelsea again, but will still want to stay
Darren Bent believes Michy Batshuayi has already played his last ever game for Chelsea.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Sunderland striker suggested that Batshuayi’s career at Stamford bridge had run its course.
What’s the story with Batshuayi?
The Belgian international is currently on loan with Besiktas, the fifth instance he’s been sent away since signing for Chelsea back in 2016.
He has only completed two full seasons with the Blues following that £33m (BBC) move from Marseille over half a decade ago.
Coincidently, his first complete campaign coincided was the last time Chelsea won the Premier League in 2016/17.
Batshuayi actually scored the goal against West Bromwich Albion that sealed the title for Antonio Conte’s side.
His reward? To be moved across the continent like a chess piece.
Here, there and everywhere
First, the 28-year-old signed for Borussia Dortmund on loan, then ventured to Valencia.
Crystal Palace came calling in 2019 and 2020 before Besiktas bagged his services for the current term.
Ahead of Batshuayi’s transfer to Turkey, Chelsea extended his contract again until 2023, ensuring the centre-forward’s value remains high when the club do eventually sell him.
The board have replicated this tactic with several other individuals they felt weren’t worthy of Tuchel’s team, such as Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kenedy.
“It’s people like Batshuayi. For me, his time at Chelsea is over,” said Bent on the Blues’ policy regarding their loan army.
“That’s him activating his last year and I understand it.
“He’s clearly not going to get the same money anywhere else as he is at Chelsea, so he’s going to want to stay on that contract for as long as possible.”
Is this good bye to the Batman?
Unless Batshuayi completely rediscovers his shooting boots in the Super Liga, then his spell as a Chelsea player has run out.
He does have seven goals so far for Besiktas, one behind record signing Romelu Lukaku.
However, even a flurry of goals will unlikely persuade the chain of command to reverse their decision.
Thank you for the memories, Michy, you won’t be forgotten!