Michy Batshuayi has today agreed a one-year contract extension at Chelsea and joined Crystal Palace on loan for the 2020/21 campaign.
Since arriving at Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2016, Batshuayi has scored 25 goals in 77 appearances for the Blues, including six last season. He rejoined the Chelsea squad following a previous loan spell at Crystal Palace to provide additional attacking cover besides Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, although the form of first Abraham and then Giroud meant he found playing time hard to come by.
He did however provide one of the season highlights, a memorable late winner off the bench away to Ajax in the Champions League. He also netted a fine individual goal against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
It was Batshuayi’s goal at West Bromwich Albion in May 2017 that sealed our fifth Premier League title win at the conclusion of his first year in west London. In his second, he netted another iconic late goal as we won away to Atletico Madrid, before he joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the second half of that campaign. There followed time in Spain with Valencia.
Batshuayi’s latest loan move sees him return to the south London club where he spent four months in the first part of 2019, scoring six goals in 13 appearances.
Palace’s league season starts at home to Southampton on Saturday, before they travel to Old Trafford a week later.
As a consequence of Batshuayi's move, Billy Gilmour will now take the 23 squad number at Chelsea for the 2020/21 campaign.