Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is still undecided on his future at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer. According to the recent reports, the Blues forward will only make a decision on his career after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in Russia next month, comes to a close.
The Belgian frontman is currently out on loan at Borussia Dortmund, where he has put in a number of match-winning during the course of last season. Some sources are now claiming that the 24-year-old is happy to wait until the end of the World Cup before taking a decision on whether to stay at West London or make a move to the Westfalenstadion.
Batshuayi spent the second half of last season on loan at Dortmund. He scored 9 goals in 14 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit before suffering a serious ankle injury in a match versus Schalke 04 last month. He has 14 international caps and 6 goals to his name while playing for the Belgian national team.
In a recent interview, the Belgian addressed his future and was quoted to have said, “There’s already been contact — some phone calls — but I’m not aware of all that,”
“It’s up to them to talk, and afterwards there’ll be a decision. But I can’t respond right now because I have the World Cup first.
“The World Cup is a big event, but I’m not thinking too much about afterwards.
“I’m thinking about preparing for the friendly matches that are coming up and the World Cup. For me afterwards is really too far away, so I’m not thinking about it at all.”
The West London outfit ground out a 5th placed finish in the English top-flight which means that they will play in the Europa League next season. However, the Blues won the FA Cup earlier this month when they battled valiantly against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United to earn a narrow 1-0 victory at the Wembley Stadium.
Retaining some of their top talents like Batshuayi could go a long way in helping Chelsea compete for major silverware next term. The Belgian’s recent form proves that he can cut the mustard in the English top tier if given the opportunity to play for the first-team on a more regular basis. The Blues only have Olivier Giroud, Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard as the only recognised forwards in their squad. Hence, Batshuayi’s departure could leave their team significantly depleted ahead of the new season.
It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of the Belgian international and whether he continues to be a Chelsea player next season.