Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has opened up about his frustrating spell under former Blues coach Antonio Conte, claiming that the Italian constantly contradicted himself. The Belgian forward, who recently returned from a loan spell at Besiktas, is yet to establish himself as a regular at Stamford Bridge.
Former boss Conte supposedly had plans to use him in a two-striker system alongside Diego Costa, but the plan never materialized. The 28- year-old was used in a rotational capacity under Conte, which was a far cry from what he had been led to believe. Speaking to Voetbal Magazine , Batshuayi shed light on the issues he had with Conte:
“Conte was constantly contradicting himself. To start with my arrival. He called me to him and explained his project. He wanted me to play in a two-man vanguard alongside Diego Costa. Did I believe that? Of course, because Conte has played with two attackers all his career. Except at Chelsea with me… ( laughs)”
“I do not understand. I’m sure we would have had a fantastic season together, but hey, Chelsea have won the championship so what can I say? Look, those are my frustrations. But since the club is running well, I have to keep quiet. Otherwise I’ll be the bad apple, thinking only of itself… The truth is I’ve been fooled far too many times.”
Conte won the Premier League title and the FA Cup during his time as Chelsea manager. Batshuayi has only featured in 53 games under the Italian during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, recording 19 goals.