Conte backs Batshuayi amid reports Chelsea striker is set for move

Antonio Conte has backed Michy Batshuayi amid criticism of the striker and speculation that he could leave Chelsea on loan. 

The 24-year-old’s last first-team goals came in October when he scored a double after coming on in the 4-2 win over Watford.

He has failed impress in his 10 subsequent appearances and has often been overlooked by Blues boss Conte, even when first-choice striker Alvaro Morata has been absent.

Reports in Spain say Sevilla are pursuing a deal to sign Batshuayi on loan. 

Conte said: “It is not simple to be young and play in a great team like Chelsea.

“I am very happy for his commitment, his behaviour during training and happy when he plays and I call him to start the game.

“He is a young player that has a good future in front of him. He has to continue to work and have commitment.”