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Coach of 11-goal hitman responds to Chelsea, Tottenham transfer interest

Olympique de Marseille coach Michel has insisted that his club have no plans of selling hotshot Michy Batshuayi during the January transfer window.

Following a series of encouraging showings for OM last season—his first in the French top flight—the Belgium international has truly come into his own this term as part of a much-changed Marseille team.

He has found the net 11 times in 19 Ligue 1 appearances, while also contributing five assists, prompting interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus [as per Goal], as well as reigning Premier League champions Chelsea and Atletico Madrid [both talkSPORT].

However, speaking to Maxifoot [as per Goal], OM coach Michel has laughed off the suggestion that his side will look to cash in on the explosive frontman during the January window.

“You want to kill me!?” the manager exclaimed, when asked about the prospect of Batshuayi’s exit. “I don’t think about Michy leaving.

“If we’re going to sign anyone, it’ll be an addition, not a replacement.”

Marseille started the season miserably—rocked by the early exit of Marcelo Bielsa—but have torn back up the table thanks, in no small part, to Batshuayi’s superb offensive contributions.

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The forward may struggle to impose himself at Juve, who can already call upon Alvaro Morata, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala, but he would be a valuable addition at Spurs, who are overly reliant on Harry Kane and, with Clinton N’Jie injured, will be keen for offensive reinforcements to arrive in January.

 

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