Michy Batshuayi ‘feels at home’ at Crystal Palace amid new Chelsea deal and loan

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Michy Batshuayi has returned to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The Belgium striker has signed a deal with Crystal Palace having failed to impress Frank Lampard enough to break into his first-team plans at Stamford Bridge.

Batshuayi scored six goals across 13 appearances during his previous spell with the Eagles in 2018/19, and he has now stated that returning to his former club feels like home.

The 26-year-old told the official Palace website: “I feel like I’m home now, so it’s good.

“But I need to do a good season here, to work a lot with my teammates and I want to do my best here.

"It’s not my first time here. I know the teammates, I know the gaffer, I know how the club works here. For me, it’s the best decision.

"I'm happy, the coach is happy, my teammates are happy. Let's get to work."

Roy Hodgson’s side lost seven of their last eight games in the Premier League last season before drawing against Tottenham on the final day, and the former England boss will be delighted to welcome back Batshuayi.

He added: "I am very happy we have secured Michy on a season long loan.

“He made a great impact at the club in his previous loan spell, albeit only five months long, displaying a goal scoring threat which we very much needed at that time and we are confident he will produce again.

"As a player who will help to convert our chances in to goals, Michy will be another valuable addition to the two new signings we have made this summer.

“It’s another boost for the players and fans alike, and I’m sure everyone will join me in saying welcome back Michy."

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Chelsea said of the move on their official website: “Batshuayi’s latest loan move sees him return to the south London club where he spent four months in the first part of 2019, scoring six goals in 13 appearances.

“Palace’s league season starts at home to Southampton on Saturday, before they travel to Old Trafford a week later.

“As a consequence of Batshuayi's move, Billy Gilmour will now take the 23 squad number at Chelsea for the 2020/21 campaign.”

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