Batman rises … but Chelsea fans aren’t that happy! Michy Batshuayi unveiled as new Besiktas lender
Batman rises … but Chelsea fans aren’t that happy! Blues outcast Michy Batshuayi unveiled as new superhero on loan from Besiktas – but only after signing contract extension for lack of finding a permanent buyer
- Batshuayi signed for the Blues in 2016, but struggled to carve out a starting spot
- And the club gave the Belgian striker a new contract until 2023
- Batshuayi, 27, could make Turkish Super Lig debut on Saturday
Michy Batshuayi’s one-season loan to Besiktas was officially confirmed in a hilarious superhero-themed announcement video.
However, Chelsea have linked the Belgian striker with a further two-year contract extension, running until 2023, causing dismay among fans.
The move to Turkey’s Super Lig squad is his fifth time away from the club since signing Marseille in 2016, leading fans to question why his contract was extended.
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But Chelsea fans wondered why the club extended his contract only to send him on loan
Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and two stays at Crystal Palace provided mixed feedback, leading Blues fans to question why the club sanctioned a two-year extension to send him on loan again.
One of them said: ‘Contract extension for Batshuayi ??’ while another added: “Batshuayi still gets a contract extension from this club,” followed by a face-palm emoji.
A third tweeted: “Why is Batshuayi extending his contract with Chelsea and then being loaned out for a full season? What is the reason for his contract extension?”
Another asked, “Why are we (sic) extending Michy Batshuayi’s contract?” Do we make money by lending these players? This must be the only reason #CFC ‘
Chelsea fans have taken to social media to question decision to extend striker’s contract
With major signings Romelu Lukaku (Â£ 98million), Kai Havertz (a first Â£ 62million) and Timo Werner (Â£ 48million) competing for a place up front, now aged Batshuayi 28 years old, is very unlikely to return to the team.
The club’s likely logic was to maintain his transfer value and avoid losing him on a free transfer, hoping that a permanent buyer will come for him if he impresses at Vodafone Park with Besiktas, but that doesn’t hasn’t stopped frustrated fans from complaining online.
He scored nine and 10 goals in all competitions in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge respectively, including a crucial goal against West Bromwich Albion in May 2017 that sealed the club’s Premier League title.
In total, he has scored 25 goals in 77 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, but struggled to secure a regular starting place in the first team.
Michy Batshuayi was very well received by Besiktas fans after arriving for his loan
The 35-cap international received a heroic welcome in Istanbul after landing to complete his move earlier this week.
Flash bulbs went off as Batshuayi emerged from a busy crowd when he arrived in Istanbul on Monday evening, wearing sunglasses and a Besiktas scarf while waving to supporters who had gathered to greet him.
The announcement video begins with the line “The Batsman Rises”, before the bat signal is blasted into the sky and Batshuayi enters the field in full costume, subsequently unmasking himself and watching. the camera.
Besiktas also tweeted a welcome message to his new attacker with Batshuayi made up in a Batman mask and the message: âWe believe in you! Fight for us!
Batshuayi spoke on his Instagram page after the move, calling it an “incredible opportunity”
He had looked sharp recently in a 13-0 loss to Weymouth in a behind-the-scenes friendly, scoring five goals and prompting some fans to joke that Lukaku should be fired at Inter.
He said on Instagram after confirmation of the move: “Very very happy to join @besiktas (eagle emoji). An incredible opportunity for me and I can’t wait to play.
‘Thanks to all the fans for the crazy welcome to Istanbul (love heart emoji). See you soon at the stadium (three fire emojis) #batsman ‘
Batshuayi could make his debut for his new side, which won their domestic opener 3-0 against Rizespor, facing Gaziantep on Saturday.