Former Chelsea striker claims he was ‘fooled’ by Antonio Conte 

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Former Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has accused Antonio Conte of making false promises to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues signed Batshuayi in the summer of 2017 in a deal worth £33m soon after Conte took over as the club’s head coach (Guardian).

However, the Belgian international only played 223 minutes of Premier League football during the 2016-17 season, spread across 20 appearances (TransferMarkt).

Batshuayi was never able to become a key player at Chelsea, with the striker having loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Crystal Palace, and Besiktas over the last few years before finally sealing a permanent move to Fenerbahce last month.

He racked up just 77 appearances in his six years at Chelsea, with most of those appearances coming from the bench (Daily Mail).

The 28-year-old has now hit out at Conte, claiming that the now-Tottenham boss told him he planned to start him alongside Diego Costa upfront in order to get him to agree to the transfer in 2017.

Batshuayi told Sport Magazine: “Conte was constantly contradicting himself. To start with my arrival, he called me and explained his project. 

“He wanted me to play in a two-man frontline alongside Diego Costa. Did I believe that? Of course, because Conte has played with two attackers all his career. 

“Except at Chelsea with me. I do not understand. The truth is that I have been fooled far too often.”

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Conte might have signed Batshuayi with the idea of pairing him with Costa but perhaps, he was not convinced that the Belgian was of the required quality once he saw him on the training ground. 

Batshuayi’s career trajectory over the last six years has arguably proved Conte right as the 28-year-old has not performed well in any of his loan spells.

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