Antonio Conte: I trust this Chelsea signing, he is a great talent
The Chelsea manager is adamant that Michy Batshuayi has an important role to play in the west London side's future
Antonio Conte insists he does trust Michy Batshuayi despite overlooking the striker for Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.
The Belgium international was heavily tipped to come into Conte’s starting line-up following Diego Costa’s one-game suspension that ruled the striker out of Chelsea’s clash against Bournemouth.
However, the Blues manager opted to start with Hazard in an advanced role supported by Pedro Rodriguez and Willian for the visit of the Cherries.
The Spain international broke the deadlock with a precise finish before Hazard doubled the home side’s advantage from the penalty spot after half-time.
Pedro extended the west London side’s lead with a deflected strike to seal three points and a 12th successive Premier League victory.
Batshuayi came on as a late substitute for the final seconds of the clash as the £33m summer signing was made to wait for his first Premier League start.
Speaking to BBC Sport after Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Bournemouth, Conte insisted that Batshuayi does have a bright future at the Stamford Bridge outfit.
“This is the first time we played without a real forward, we tried this in training and I think for us at the moment this situation is the best, but I don’t forget Michy [Batshuayi] because he is a young player with great talent,” Conte told BBC Sport.
“He is adapting to this league and it is football, in the future I trust in him.”