Valencia negotiating termination of Michy Batshuayi loan

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END OF THE ROAD

The Belgian striker has struggled to make his mark in England or Spain

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi’s loan at Valencia is to be terminated, the Spanish club confirmed on Thursday.

Valencia’s general director Mateu Alemany said discussions over Batshuayi, who has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and the Mestalla, depend on “various other clubs,” as his exit is currently being negotiated.

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Alemany told Marca: “Batshuayi’s situation is very clear. We are negotiating the player’s exit with various other clubs.

“I expect he will leave in the coming hours or days. The player knows he is leaving, we told him some weeks ago.

“We hope that, for his sake, this can be resolved as soon as possible.

“He is leaving and it’s now a matter of negotiation.”

Batshuayi is yet to deliver his best for Chelsea

Batshuayi is yet to deliver his best for Chelsea

Following the goalless draw with Southampton on January 2, Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri dismissed the idea of recalling Batshuayi, who scored the decisive goal in the 2016-17 Premier League title success.

The 25-year-old forward also spent the second half of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

Sarri, who turned 60 on Thursday, said he wanted a striker with different characteristics, amid repeated rumours he wishes to be reunited with Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentinian who thrived under his stewardship at Napoli.

Chelsea declined to comment on a report Sarri and club representatives had met with Higuain’s agent.


The 31-year-old is currently on loan from Juventus at AC Milan.

Alvaro Morata, who joined Chelsea in a £60million deal in July 2017, has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Sevilla and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs linked with a loan deal, as reports suggest Morata would be unhappy to be used as a make-weight in any deal for Higuain.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone declined to discuss the matter on Thursday.

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