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Michy Batshuayi’s loan deal at Valencia will come to an end as the Belgian international is set for a return to Chelsea in the January transfer window, sporting director Mateu Alemany has confirmed earlier this week.

“The player knows this and we hope that soon it can be solved for the good of all the parties,” he said.

The former OM striker struggled to make an impact with the La Liga side as he scored just three goals in 23 appearances.

Batshuayi, who has scored 19 goals in 53 matches with Chelsea since joining in July 2016 under Antonio Conte‘s management at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

 

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has denied reports claiming he would be considering a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Olympique Marseille reportedly interested in signing the 31-year-old.

The Frenchman has no immediate plans to return to Ligue 1 after joining the Blues on January’s Deadline Day from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Giroud told Mundo Deportivo. “Many things have been said in the last few days, but in the near future my objective is not to return to France. For now I am a Chelsea player.”

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Olivier Giroud has become Olympique Marseille’s first choice after the Ligue 1 side are growing impatient over the potential signing of OGC Nice striker Mario Balotelli.

The 31-year-old joined Chelsea just six months ago and scored two crucial goals in the Blues’ FA Cup campaign.

However Maurizio Sarri would let him leave the club as Gonzalo Higuaìn remains a transfer market target on the Italian manager’s wishlist.

The future of Alvaro Morata remains still unclear, Michy Batshuayi will battle for a place while Olivier Giroud could be on the move after less than a season at Stamford Bridge. Also Napoli have reportedly showed interest in the 2018 World Cup champion.

The former Arsenal forward has already opened talks with Olympique Marseille, according to the Daily Mirror.

 

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Atletico Madrid were dominant in the UEFA Europa League 2017/18 final against Olympique Marseille in Lyon tonight. A defensive mistake after 21′ was exploited by Antoine Griezmann, who doubled earlier in the second half following a positive start from the Ligue One giants.

Captain Gabi sealed a final 0-3 for Diego Pablo Simeone’s men, who reached both Inter Milan and Juventus  with 3 titles in their history. Sevilla remain top of the table with 5 titles.

Former West Ham United striker Dimitri Payet, who was a doubt ahead of the game, limped off the pitch in tears just after Griezmann’s opener as he suffered a knee injury. On the other hand, Fernando Torres came off the bench with 2′ left to go to celebrate his final trophy of career.

REMINDER – Chelsea won the Europa League in 2013 as they beat Benfica in Amsterdam under Rafa Benitez’s management. A late goal from Branislav Ivanovic won the Europa League for the Blues, who will be playing in the same competition next season.

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