Roman Abramovich made decision on Chelsea winning rights for striker permanently

Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi will remain a Chelsea striker regardless of his form at Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season and one man is to thank for this, Roman Abramovich.

The 24-year old was an unwanted man at Stamford Bridge with Antonio Conte preferring to have another kind of striker to what he had in Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea chased a target man throughout the winter transfer window with the likes of Andy Carroll and Edin Dzeko linked with a Chelsea switch, but all moves failed. Eventually, it was Olivier Giroud was was involved in a striker merry go round, that saw Batshuayi replace Pierre Emerick Aubameyang at Dortmund, and Giroud moving to Chelsea to replace Batshuayi.

But the loan deal to Dortmund, could have ended up with Chelsea losing out on the young Belgian permanently, but Dortmund Chief Executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke reveals Abramovich intervened to ensure Chelsea kept their prized asset.

“It was not possible to get a purchase option, because if Roman Abramovich says “no”, then it means “no”.

There is always a chance. We talked to him four years ago and watched him. The fact that he has taken this course [to come on loan] is a stroke of luck for us as he fits in quite well with the team.”


Hans-Joachim Watzke, Metro