Antonio Conte secures first Chelsea summer signing as rebuild begins

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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Belgium international Michy Batshuayi, with the striker signing a five-year deal with the club.

The 22-year-old impressed during his time with Marseille in Ligue 1, and was also involved for Belgium at Euro 2016 this summer, scoring a late goal in a 4-0 win over Hungary.

He will now join up with two familiar faces in Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois at club level, and the pair will undoubtedly welcome him to Stamford Bridge with open arms as he bids to fire Chelsea to success next season.

“I am delighted to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and embark on the next chapter in my career. I hope I can help Chelsea win many trophies during my time at Stamford Bridge,” he told the club’s official website.

“Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told me many good things about the club, and with Antonio Conte coming in it’s an exciting time to become a Chelsea player.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family, I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League next season.”

Batshuayi scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, as well as providing 10 assists, and combined with his strength, pace and and overall presence up front, Chelsea supporters will certainly be excited about his arrival.

Given the pressure and responsibility of scoring goals has been heavily on Diego Costa’s shoulders in the last two years, the fact that Chelsea have added quality and depth up front will certainly be a boost to their chances of making progress next season.

The former Marseille man is Antonio Conte’s first signing as Chelsea boss, with the Italy coach set to arrive at Stamford Bridge to start his new job in just over a week’s time after the Azzurri were eliminated by Germany at Euro 2016 on Saturday night.

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