Antonio Conte issues challenge to Michy Batshuayi over Chelsea future

simon johnson
Batshuayi has struggled to impress Conte this season: AFP/Getty Images

Antonio Conte has refused to guarantee that striker Michy Batshuayi will still be at Chelsea next season.

Standard Sport revealed earlier this week that the Belgium international is looking to leave the club on loan in order to get more first team football.

Batshuayi has not started a single Premier League game since joining from Marseille for £33.1m last summer.

When asked if the forward will definitely stay at the club next term, Conte said: "When you ask about my players, I like to repeat that the present is the most important thing.

"To work very hard in the present and live in the present.

"At the end of the season we'll look at the situation of every single player. Now he's working very well for us.

"He must continue to work and anything can happen. If he shows me he deserves to play, I'm ready to put him him in the starting XI.

"If that doesn't happen, I'll continue this way."

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