Chelsea have reportedly decided against the sale of Michy Batshuayi and the Belgian is set to compete with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud for the centre-forward position next season, Goal.com reports.
The 25-year-old has struggled to secure regular playing time at the west London side since his move from Marseille three years ago, and over the past 18 months, he has spent loans spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace respectively.
According to Goal.com, Batshuayi is set to earn the chance under Frank Lampard for the forthcoming campaign, considering the Blues are not in a position to recruit new players due to their ongoing transfer embargo.
Batshuayi has not played a competitive game for the Blues since January 2018, but he finds himself with the opportunity to revive his career with the club after the permanent sale of Alvaro Morata as well as the departure of Gonzalo Higuain following his temporary stint.
He started the club’s pre-season by scoring the first non-competitive goal under Lampard against Bohemians, but he has lacked the clinical finishing in the next four games and that is something he needs to improve on.
The Blues have two more friendlies against Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach before the new season, and Batshuayi surely needs to find the net to enhance his prospects of starting the league opener.
Chelsea faced Reading in their most-recent pre-season game at the Madejski Stadium where they picked up a 4-3 win. Mason Mount continued his good impression with a second-half brace after coming off the bench.