Chelsea striker re-joins Premier League club on season-long loan
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has joined the Blues’ fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on loan for the second time.
The 26-year-old Belgian star has signed for the duration of the 2020-21 term, having impressed during a short-term stint at the end of 2018-19.
Batshuayi scored six goals in 13 matches for the Eagles in that spell and will be hoping to impress once again having struggled for senior team minutes at Stamford Bridge.
The centre-forward evidently enjoyed his first taste of action with the Eagles, saying that he feels he has returned home.
“I feel like I’m home now, so it’s good,” now-Blues loanee said.
“But I need to do a good season here, to work a lot with my teammates and I want to do my best here.
“It’s not my first time here. I know the team-mates, I know the gaffer, I know how the club works here.
“For me, it’s the best decision. I’m happy, the coach is happy, my teammates are happy. Let’s get to work.”
He arrives as Crystal Palace’s second major signing of the summer transfer window, following the purchase of talented playmaker Eberechi Eze from EFL Championship side QPR.
With Timo Werner arriving to battle Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham for a first-team spot at Chelsea, Michy always seemed likely to leave after falling down the pecking order last campaign.
He scored six goals in 24 appearances for the west London heavyweights in 2019-20, but only started one Premier League match in 2020 – a 2-0 home defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United in February.