Borussia Dortmund: 'Roman Abramovich blocked permanent Michy Batshuayi transfer'

Dortmund: 'Abramovich blocked Batshuayi sale'
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Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke claims that Roman Abramovich stopped the club from signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on a permanent deal.

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was the reason why the club were unable to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal.

The Belgian forward joined the Bundesliga outfit on loan until the end of the season on the final day of the January transfer window.

Despite the fact that Batshuayi was not favoured by manager Antonio Conte - handed just three starts in the Premier League this season - Abramovich was apparently not keen on selling.

According to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, Watzke said: "We tried our best to get a permanent option for Michy Batshuayi, but it was a no go for Chelsea. When Roman Abramovich says no, it is a no."

Reports have claimed that Dortmund will try to buy the striker on a permanent deal in the summer.

The 23-year-old has made an immediate impact, scoring three goals and creating one assist in two league appearances.

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Michy Batshuayi nabs the second during the EFL Cup game between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest on September 20, 2017
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