Michy Batshuayi has today extended his contract at Chelsea until 2023 and joined Besiktas on loan for the season.
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.
Since arriving at Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2016, Batshuayi has scored 25 goals in 77 appearances for the Blues. He netted six times in the 2019/20 season under Frank Lampard, but found opportunities hard to come by in the second half of that campaign due to the form of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud.
He did however provide one of that season’s 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.
Of course, his best moment in a Chelsea shirt so far came in May 2017. It was Batshuayi’s goal at West Bromwich Albion that sealed our fifth Premier League title win at the conclusion of his first year in west London.
In his second season, 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.
The striker has enjoyed two separate loan spells in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, including last season, and now heads to Turkey to join Besiktas for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.
The Istanbul-based club are away to Gaziantep on Saturday, where we could see a debut for the 27-year-old striker, before Besiktas host Fatih Karagumruk the following weekend.