Batsman Returns! Crystal Palace confirm signing of striker Michy Batshuayi on a loan from Chelsea until the end of the season

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Crystal Palace have confirmed the return of striker Michy Batshuayi on loan
The 26-year-old joined Chelsea for £33million from Ligue 1 side Marseille in 2016
He has struggled for game time and has been pushed down the pecking order
Batshuayi would have been the fourth-choice striker at Stamford Bridge

Crystal Palace have confirmed the return of striker Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea.

The 26-year-old’s existing Chelsea deal was set to expire next summer but the additional 12 months will now ensure he does not become a free agent once his loan expires.

Batshuayi spent the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan at Palace in and where he scored seven goals. Palace have an option to buy the player at the end of the loan deal but they are not obliged to.

The 26-year-old joined Chelsea for £33million from Marseille in 2016 but has struggled for regular game time and been pushed further down the pecking order this summer following the Blues’ spending spree.

The £53m signing of Timo Werner, adding to Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud already in the squad, means Batshuayi would have been the fourth-choice striker in Frank Lampard’s options.

While on Chelsea’s books Batshuayi has spent time on loan at Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Palace, and his spell at Selhurst Park was especially successful, with Batshuayi scoring seven times in just 13 games in the second half of the 2018-19 season.

Palace have now re-signed Batshuayi, who has also been linked with the likes of West Brom, Newcastle, Leeds and clubs in Germany.


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