Batshuayi hails Besiktas move as an ‘incredible opportunity’

Michy Batshuayi’s chances of getting more first team football this season at Stamford Bridge dimmed when they signed his compatriot Romelu Lukaku from Italian champions Inter Milan last week. — Action Images pic via Reuters
Michy Batshuayi’s chances of getting more first team football this season at Stamford Bridge dimmed when they signed his compatriot Romelu Lukaku from Italian champions Inter Milan last week. — Action Images pic via Reuters

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LONDON, Aug 18 — Michy Batshuayi’s spell at Chelsea added another chapter today when he announced he had signed a season-long loan at Turkish side Besiktas.

The 27-year-old Belgium striker hailed it as an “incredible opportunity” at the fourth club he has been loaned out to since signing for Chelsea in 2016 from Marseille for a reported £33 million (RM192 million).   

Batshuayi’s chances of getting more first team football this season at Stamford Bridge dimmed when they signed his compatriot Romelu Lukaku from Italian champions Inter Milan last week.

He did though extend his contract at Chelsea to 2023 before he left for Turkey.

“Very, very happy to join Besiktas,” he tweeted.

“An incredible opportunity for me and I’m already looking to play.

“Thank you to all the fans for the crazy welcome at Istanbul.

“See you at the stadium very soon.”

Previously Batshuayi has been loaned out to German side Borussia Dortmund, Spanish outfit Valencia and then two spells at Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Crystal Palace. — AFP

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