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Michy Batshuayi staying at Chelsea, Antonio Conte says

Michy Batshuayi during the English League Cup second round
Image: Michy Batshuayi is still waiting for his first Premier League start

Antonio Conte says sending Michy Batshuayi on loan in January would be a failure of his management.

Chelsea paid Marseille £33m for the Belgium striker in the summer, but he has spent much of the season as back-up to the Premier League's top scorer Diego Costa.

And Batshuayi was unable to earn a first league start against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, despite Costa's suspension, Conte instead going without a recognised centre-forward.

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But at his post-match press conference the Blues boss flatly denied loaning out Batshuayi next month is an option, saying: "This player is a new player for Chelsea and to go on loan now is a defeat for the club and above all for me.

"We have to continue to work with him every day to try together to improve him. I want to win and every decision I make is because I want to win and I have to take the best decision.

"Michy Batshuayi is a really good player, but he's a young player and he's trying to adapt to this league, this football.

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Highlights from Chelsea's 3-0 win over Bournemouth

"I try to make the best decision for the team, but I'm sure Michy could have the possibility to show his talent in the future."

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Conte's decision was vindicated against Bournemouth as Pedro scored twice and Eden Hazard added a penalty in a 3-0 win - a 12th straight league victory that set a new club record and left Chelsea seven points clear at the top.

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