Why Michy Batshuayi was not in Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester City

One player who is almost certain to be making an exit from Chelsea this summer is Michy Batshuayi.

The 26-year-old has consistently struggled to nail down a place in the Blues starting XI during his time at the club.

After spells on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace during the past few seasons, Batshuayi has been part of Frank Lampard’s squad this season.

Through much of the 2019/20 campaign he has been the back-up to Tammy Abraham as the second number nine on the bench.

However, that has all changed and Olivier Giroud has been given the nod above him just before the lockdown and since the Premier League has returned.

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In fact, Giroud has taken on the starting role and once again for Chelsea’s big match against Manchester City tonight, Batshuayi is not even in the squad.

Batshuayi is not injured, but yet cannot make the 20-man squad, which comes as another indication that he will be on his way out this summer.

The question for the Blues, however, is whether or not they will be able to find a permanent buyer for him.

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Chelsea spent around £33m for the striker, and they will be hoping to get back as much of that as they possibly can.

One thing is for sure, that next season he won’t be part of Lampard’s squad. If the Blues have to loan him out, then that will be the final option.

But the primary hope will be that there is a suitable buyer for the Belgian.