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Chelsea announce £33m signing of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille

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Chelsea have announced the signing of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.

The Belgium forward, 22, has signed a five-year deal after completing a £33 million move.

He becomes Chelsea’s first major signing of the summer and first under new manager Antonio Conte.

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Batshuayi will hope to follow in Didier Drogba’s footsteps, the Ivorian joining the Blues from Marseille in 2004 and going on to become a club legend.

Having scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, Conte will hope the Belgian forms a fine relationship with Diego Costa as Chelsea attempt to prove last year’s campaign, in which they finished 10th in the Premier League, was nothing but a blip.

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Batshuayi becomes the third Belgian in Chelsea’s squad, joining Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, and admitted that the pair have informed him of what to expect at Stamford Bridge.

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

“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.”

Chelsea fans got a glimpse of what Batshuayi will bring during Euro 2016, where the striker scored for Belgium in a 4-0 win over Hungary.

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Premier League
Frank Lampard
Marseille
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Didier Drogba
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Eden Hazard

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