Chelsea news: Blues let two players leave Stamford Bridge on day after transfer deadline

CHELSEA striker Michy Batshuayi has joined Spanish club Valencia on a season-long loan, the clubs have confirmed.

The 24-year-old Belgium international has made just 32 Premier League appearances since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2016 for a fee in the region of £33m.

The forward spent part of last season on loan at German club Borussia Dortmund, scoring nine times in 14 appearances before he suffered ankle ligament damage.

Valencia announced in a statement on their official website : “Valencia CF have reached an agreement with Chelsea FC for the transfer of Michy Batshuayi until the end of this season.”

After training with new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri for around a week, Batshuayi was deemed surplus to requirements on the eve of the new Premier League season.

His departure will leave Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham as the club’s recognised strikers.

Batshuayi made three appearances for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia this summer, scoring after coming off the bench in the 5-2 group-stage victory over Tunisia.

Meanwhile, defender Kurt Zouma has also left Chelsea on loan to Premier League side Everton.

Zouma joined the club in 2014 and looked set to hold down a starting role for the Blues, but a serious knee injury derailed his development in February 2016.

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Chelsea news: Michy Batshuayi has joined Valencia on loan

The France international spent last season on loan at relegated Stoke but will now join Marco Silva’s revolution at Goodison Park.

Chelsea face a trip to Huddersfield in their first Premier League game of the season on Saturday.

Speaking at the press conference for the game, Sarri remained defiant about the future of star man Eden Hazard, who has continually been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

“Hazard is with us. It’s not a problem,” said Sarri.

“I have spoken with him three, four times, for everything. He never said anything about the market. He’s very happy to stay here.

“Here the market is closed, so we cannot change important players now. It’s impossible.”

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