Michy Batshuayi received quite a random selection of farewell messages after his move from Chelsea to Besiktas was confirmed yesterday.

Batshuayi joined the Turkish club on a season-long loan, but not before the Blues extended his contract by another year.

The striker had returned to Cobham following an underwhelming spell at Crystal Palace, in order to impress Thomas Tuchel ahead of the new campaign.

Chelsea Pre-Season Training Session
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He only featured once in pre-season, in the 2-1 victory away to Arsenal earlier this month.


All the signs for the centre-forward were pointing towards the Stamford Bridge exit door.

Those indications lit up in neon colours to announce the arrival of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.

Lukaku ultimately sealed Batshuayi’s fate, but in all honestly, his destiny had already been decided long before.

Belgium vs Costa Rica
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Goodbye to the Batman

After the Belgian was unveiled as a Besiktas player, he decided Instagram was a suitable location to greet and thank his new employers.

Like any Chelsea departure, former teammates or friends of the 27-year-old sent their good luck messages.

But Batshuayi’s collection of fan mail was certainly more varied than the typical responses.

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy seemed most excited of all for his ex-Marseille teammate’s fresh adventure.

Mendy and Batshuayi played together for the French outfit for two years before they both landed in the Premier League.

Danny Drinkwater predicted Batshuayi would love Istanbul, having visited there whilst on loan with Kasimpasa last term.

Tammy Abraham, hot from his move to Roma, left a simple fire emoji for his old Chelsea colleague.

This will be Batshuayi’s fifth loan spell since he joined the Blues back in 2016.

His previous destinations include Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Palace twice.

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