Conte using this season to ‘complete’ Batshuayi

Date published: Saturday 31st December 2016 11:35

Antonio Conte has given Michy Batshuayi hope of a successful future at Chelsea despite saying the striker is not yet ready for regular Premier League action.

Belgium striker Batshuayi has been a peripheral figure for the Blues this season and is still to make his first league start.

There has been speculation over the future of the £33million signing from Marseille with the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace linked with a move, but Conte has continually discounted the prospect of a loan move.

The Belgium striker is willing to bide his time and Chelsea will be patient with him, Conte says.

“He wants to stay,” Conte added.

“He’s starting his path in football. He has great talent, he has great potential, and I think this season it’s very important to complete him as a footballer.

“It’s not easy to play in this league. And it’s important to adapt to this league in physical and tactical situations.

“We are working a lot with him and also all the other players to improve this situation.

“In the future for sure he will have his chance to show that he deserves to play.”

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