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‘I feel at home’ – Batshuayi admits his ‘love’ of Chelsea and insists he is more mature

Michy Batshuayi has revealed his love for Chelsea and says he feels at home at Stamford Bridge, despite reports linking the player with a move away in the January transfer window.

The Belgian international joined Chelsea in a £33m deal from Marseille in 2016, but has struggled to establish himself as a key figure. He has been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace since arriving in the Premier League three years ago.

The 26-year-old is back at the club this season and has failed to start a single fixture under Frank Lampard so far, but the forward insists he remains happy with life at the club despite his lack of minutes.

“I have never been a full-fledged starter, but Chelsea is my club, that’s where I feel at home,” Batshuayi said this week.

“It’s a club I love deeply.”

Batshuayi added that he believes he has matured as a footballer, having experienced some disciplinary issues earlier in his career.

“When I was young, it’s true that I had some problems of discipline, but what young person doesn’t?” he added.

“Today, I’m 26 years old, I can channel myself and I work at training and in the game.

“I’m playful, but I choose my moments: at 0-0 I’m going to be serious, at 2 or 3-0 I’m going to play it up. Being cool is part of my personality.

“But it’s true: the pressure of football imposes the need to perform and win. The competition is raging, and seriousness is needed.”

Chelsea return to Premier League action this weekend with a huge clash at champions Manchester City on Saturday evening. Frank Lampard’s side currently sit third in the division, one point and one place above this weekend’s opponents.

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