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‘Batsman rises’ – Chelsea striker Batshuayi joins Besiktas on season-long loan


The Belgian frontman will undertake a new challenge in the Turkish Super Lig after being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge once again

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has joined Besiktas on a season-long loan.

Batshuayi will spend the 2021-22 campaign with the Turkish club after passing a medical at their training ground on Wednesday.

The Belgian extended his contract with Chelsea until 2023 before departing, but it has been reported Besiktas will have the option to buy the Belgian outright for between £5 million and £11m next summer.

What’s been said?

Batshuayi has taken to social media to confirm the move, writing on Twitter: “Very very happy to join Besiktas, an incredible opportunity for me and I’m already looking to play.

“Thank you to all the fans for the crazy welcome at Istanbul. See you at the stadium very soon. #batsman”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have released an official statement revealing that the forward could make his debut for Besiktas as early as this weekend.

“Michy Batshuayi has today extended his contract at Chelsea until 2023 and joined Besiktas on loan for the season,” the statement reads.

“The Belgian forward heads to Vodafone Park – the venue of our 2019 Super Cup clash with Liverpool – for the remainder of this season, after passing a medical in Istanbul and signing the relevant paperwork. He could make his debut for Besiktas on Saturday.”