Conte: Batshuayi won’t go on loan

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled out the possibility of Michy Batshuayi leaving the club on loan in January, despite leaving the striker out of his starting line-up against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

With first-choice frontman Diego Costa suspended for Monday's clash with the Cherries, it had been suggested that Batshuayi could be handed a chance to stake his claim for a first-team berth.

However, Conte opted to field winger Eden Hazard up front, with Willian and Pedro supporting the Belgium international from out wide.

Batshuayi was introduced to the action at the death, replacing Hazard in the fourth minute of injury-time, prompting questions over the player's future involvement at Stamford Bridge.

"I think that Michy is a really good player, but a young player, he is trying to adapt to this league," Conte said.

"I try to make the best decision for the team but I am sure Michy will get the possibility to show his talent in the future.

"Today, also I wanted to give him the opportunity to play and to have another appearance. It happened at the end but I think that we have to continue to work with him every day to try to improve him, to bring him in the best condition to help us in this league."

Conte was also asked if he would consider allowing Batshuayi to leave the club on loan in January.

He added: "No, also because I have these players. He is a new player for Chelsea, to go on loan now, is a defeat for the club and for me. Now it is important to be focused to improve.

"I want to win and every decision I make is because I want to win. I have to take the best decision, sometimes it is good, positive or negative but I try to put every player in the best condition."