Michy Batshuayi extends contract with Chelsea before joining Crystal Palace on loan

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Frank Lampard’s side have sanctioned Batshuayi’s return to Palace after failing to sell the Belgium international permanently this summer.

Chelsea first extended Batshuayi’s deal to prevent the striker leaving for nothing next summer when his previous deal was due to expire.The 26-year-old, who spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Palace, now has a Chelsea deal that runs until the summer of 2022.

Palace were lining up a loan move for Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher but have been forced to end their pursuit following Batshuayi’s move.

Batshuayi has only started 14 Premier League games since moving to Chelsea from Marseille in 2016 and nine came during a brief loan stint with Palace in 2019. Moreover, five of the 13 Premier League goals Batshuayi has scored in his career came during his loan spell at Selhurst Park.

As a consequence of Batshuayi’s move, Billy Gilmour will now take the 23 squad number at Chelsea for the 2020/21 campaign.

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