Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi has rejoined Crystal Palace on a season-long loan from Chelsea after signing a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
Batshuayi’s previous deal at Chelsea was due to expire next summer but he will now remain a player of the Blues until 2022.
He returns to Palace on loan after scoring six goals in 13 appearances during a four-month spell with the Eagles in 2019.
“I feel like I’m home now, so it’s good. But I need to do a good season here, to work a lot with my team-mates and I want to do my best here,” Batshuayi told Crystal Palace’s website.
“It’s not my first time here. I know the team-mates, I know the gaffer, I know how the club works here. For me, it’s the best decision.
“I’m happy, the coach is happy, my team-mates are happy. Let’s get to work.”
Batshuayi’s arrival boosts Roy Hodgson’s attacking options ahead of Palace’s opening game of the season against Southampton on Saturday.
“I am very happy we have secured Michy on a season long loan,” Hodgson added.
“He made a great impact at the club in his previous loan spell, albeit only five months long, displaying a goal scoring threat which we very much needed at that time and we are confident he will produce again.
“As a player who will help to convert our chances in to goals, Michy will be another valuable addition to the two new signings we have made this summer.
“It’s another boost for the players and fans alike, and I’m sure everyone will join me in saying welcome back Michy.”
Batshuayi has dropped to fourth choice in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge – behind Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham.
He did not play a single minute under Frank Lampard after a substitute appearance against Bournemouth on February 29.
But having signed Batshuayi, Palace cannot bring in Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan as Premier League rules stipulate a club cannot loan more than one player from another club in the same transfer window.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.