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Belgium News: Batshuayi puts focus on World Cup

1 year ago

In the latest Belgium news, Michy Batshuayi says he is putting his domestic future to one side in order to focus on securing his place on the plane to Russia.

The 24-year-old has been included in the Red Devils’ 28-man provisional squad ahead of the World Cup, but he faces a battle to be assured of making the 23-strong travelling party, having missed the end of the season through injury.

The Chelsea striker damaged ankle ligaments towards the end of April and it was initially feared he would miss the finals.

However, Batshuayi has insisted he is approaching full fitness as he looks to repeat his goalscoring antics from his time on loan at Borussia Dortmund during the second half of the season.

Having found first-team opportunities at Chelsea limited, the striker made the switch to German in January and enjoyed an excellent run, scoring nine times in 14 appearances before injury struck.

Dortmund are keen to sign the former Marseille man permanently this summer although an expected change of manager at Chelsea could see him back at Stamford Bridge next season.

Batshuayi says he is trying to put his club future to one side in order to focus on Belgium, insisting he does not want to miss out on the World Cup.

“Dortmund was a great experience for me,” said Batshuayi. “They welcomed me very warmly. I was in a good environment and you could see that on the pitch.

“It was a while since I had played so much. I can’t remember being allowed to play two games in a row at Chelsea. It was good to gain confidence.

“I don’t have a preference – they’re two beautiful clubs. My focus is on the World Cup right now and I don’t want to think about what happens afterwards.”

Belgium are 5/6 favourites with bet365 to win their group at the World Cup, having been drawn in Group G with England, Tunisia and Panama.