Michy Batshuayi snubs Roma to remain at Chelsea and fight for place

Michy Batshuayi plans to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place despite being overlooked by Frank Lampard so far this season.

The striker is yet to make a matchday squad for the first-team under Lampard, despite Chelsea struggling to hit the target upfront in their first two games. Chelsea are still searching for their first win this season, while Batshuayi has been downgraded to playing with the development squad.

The snub from Lampard has not deterred Batshuayi though, and the 25-year-old is set to reject a transfer and remain at Chelsea, according to the Evening Standard.

Italian giants Roma were reportedly one of the sides interested in taking the forward on loan. Batshuayi sent a message to Lampard on Monday with two goals against Liverpool and believes he can still change the Chelsea boss’ mind about his inclusion in the first-team.

Lampard watched from the stands as Chelsea’s development squad beat Liverpool 3-0 and will have been impressed with Batshuayi’s finishing.

Chelsea paid £33million to lure Batshuayi from Marseille in 2016, but the Belgian has struggled to nail down a regular place at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham are currently ahead of Batshuayi in the striking pecking order at Chelsea. Batshuayi was Antonio Conte’s first signing, but has consistently been shipped out on loan since his arrival.

While a short spell with Borussia Dortmund was a huge success, Batshuayi found life at Valencia last season difficult and swapped Spain for Crystal Palace in January.

Batshuayi managed six goals in 13 appearances for Palace and while he believes he can still resurrect his Chelsea career, he will reassess in January.

While the transfer window for Premier League clubs is closed, European sides can still make signings until September 2.

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