Antonio Conte has confirmed that Michy Batshuayi will not be leaving Chelsea on loan next month despite being overlooked in the absence of Diego Costa.
“This player is a new player for Chelsea and to go on loan now is a defeat for the club and above all for me,” Conte said.
“We have to continue to work with him every day to try together to improve him. I want to win and every decision I make is because I want to win and I have to take the best decision.
“Michy Batshuayi is a really good player, but he’s a young player and he’s trying to adapt to this league, this football.
“I try to make the best decision for the team, but I’m sure Michy could have the possibility to show his talent in the future.”
Conte’s decision was vindicated against Bournemouth as Pedro scored twice and Eden Hazard added a penalty in a 3-0 win – a 12th straight league victory that set a new club record and left Chelsea seven points clear at the top.