Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi has confirmed his plans for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old has been linked with both Arsenal and Everton in recent weeks, and has gone on record to say that he has two “dream clubs” in Europe – the Gunners and Borussia Dortmund – but his club president later ruled out a January move.
Then Benfica’s name was thrown into the hat, with them reportedly considering Batshuayi as a replacement for another player linked with Arsenal – Rodrigo Moreno.
In the midst of all these stories, the player himself has now spoken, and his interview yesterday has since been reported by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.
“I want to stay (at Standard Liege) until the end of the season,” Batshuayi is quoted as saying. “I have talked to my parents, with my agent and with the president and have already decided. I want to be a champion with Standard and be the top scorer in the championship.”
Previous quotes from the player are also included in the report, where he says that while Benfica are a big club, the Portuguese league does not appeal to him as much as the Premier League or the Bundesliga.
So there you have it – straight from the horse’s mouth. The striker is going nowhere in January. But Arsenal, Everton and any other interested parties for that matter, may well move again at the end of the current campaign.
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