Michy Batshuayi excited to link-up with Antonio Conte


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Michy Batshuayi feels the arrival of Antonio Conte as manager means it is an especially good time to be joining Chelsea.

The 22-year-old Belgium international forward completed a £33m move from Marseille to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, becoming the first new face of the Conte era at Chelsea.

Batshuayi had been linked with a host of clubs, including Crystal Palace, West Ham and Tottenham, but Chelsea appeared to be in pole position last week when the player was allowed leave Belgium’s Euro 2016 camp to undergo a medical with the club’s doctor.

Having scored 17 Ligue 1 goals for Marseille last season, he duly signed a five-year deal with Chelsea and he says Conte’s arrival makes it a doubly exciting to be signing for the club.

He also revealed that his international colleagues already at Chelsea had been doing their bit to sell the move to him this summer.

“I am delighted to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and embark on the next chapter in my career. I hope I can help Chelsea win many trophies during my time at Stamford Bridge,” said Batshuayi.

“Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told me many good things about the club, and with Antonio Conte coming in it’s an exciting time to become a Chelsea player.”

Crystal Palace had reportedly had a bid in excess of £31m accepted for Batshuayi on Monday, while West Ham United and Juventus were also said to have registered interest in signing him this summer.

Chelsea are 7.00 to win the Premier League next season while the Blues are 1.57 to finish in the top four.

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