Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has revealed that teammate Eden Hazard advised him to leave the club to seek better opportunities.
The duo are teammates in Belgium’s national team, and Hazard’s advice had come amidst reports that Chelsea were eyeing Swansea’s Fernando Llorente.
Llorente ended up joining Tottenham, leaving Batshuayi to fight for the striking spot with Alvaro Morata.
Despite playing only 99 minutes in the Premier League this season, Batshuayi insists he is not looking to leave Stamford Bridge and has described his relationship with Chelsea’s record signing as “very healthy.”
“It was a friend’s advice and when he [Hazard] said this, he thought a third striker was coming,” Batshuayi told The Sun.
“But in the end, there was only two us competing for a place. I want to succeed at this club and my relationship with Alvaro is very healthy.
“We are both ambitious. I will not leave in the next transfer window because we will play a lot of matches and I will certainly be given a chance.
“I really think Conte believes in me otherwise he would have said I could leave in the transfer window – and he didn’t say that.”