Wilmots hails Batshuayi's imminent Chelsea move

Michy Batshuayi

Batshuayi is poised to complete a £33 million move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi is close to moving to Chelsea

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has backed Michy Batshuayi to be a success at Chelsea, The Mirror has reported.

The Marseille striker was given some time off ahead of Belgium's Euro 2016 quarter-final with Wales on Friday in order to clinch a £33 million move to Stamford Bridge.

Michy Batshuayi

And Wilmots, who also temporarily released Thomas Meunier so he could seal a move to Paris Saint-Germain, believes Chelsea is an ideal move for Batshuayi, who had also attracted the attention of West Ham United and Crystal Palace.

According to The Mirror, he said: “I think his move is absolutely brilliant.

Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots

“Michy, plus Thomas Meunier going to PSG, are being rewarded for their great form and the work they have done out here and over the past season.”

The decision from Wilmots to let players complete summer moves is at odds with how many other bosses have been at Euro 2016, many of whom have actively blocked any transfers from materialising until their participation in the tournament is over.

Italy head coach Antonio Conte

But Wilmots explained: “Both Michy and Thomas came to see me in our camp. They both had a lot on their minds and I decided to give them the afternoon off. I have given them both time to sort out their ‘problems’.

“I know what it is like for a player when a club wants you. If I did not give them time off, they would be on the phone day and night. Now I will get them back in the camp with clear heads."

On the face of it, Friday's opponents Wales may see such a policy as a potential boost to their preparations for the game in Lille, but Wilmots has previously insisted there are not disciplinary issues within the camp, despite Gazetta World reporting that he allowed Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan to smoke from his hotel balcony.

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