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Michy Batshuayi hints at Arsenal switch

Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi has expressed his desire to leave the Belgian giants for a bigger club in the summer.

The 20-year-old has become one of Europe’s most sought-after players following some impressive displays in Jupiler Pro League, with Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven reportedly among his suitors.

And despite Standard hoping to retain his services beyond the current season, Batshuayi has said in no uncertain terms that he wants out in the summer.

“Unfortunately I do not think I’ll stay,” Batshuayi confessed to Belgian TV station RTBF

“Many things can happen but I am someone who has ambitions. I want to progress as quickly as possible. I’ll make a choice with my agents and my family. I must consider my choices carefully.

“I have not yet signed anywhere yet. I am interested in the German and English championships. They are physical and technical championships.

“Personally, I like Arsenal. There is a good philosophy at the club where trust is given to young players. This is a very technical team playing good football, and since I was little this was a team who I liked.”

Arsene Wenger could decide to make a move on the talented forward given that he should be available on a cut-price deal, but chances are other interested sides will challenge the Gunners for the player’s signature.

Michy Batshuayi came through the youth ranks at Standard Liege and went on to score 36 goals in 88 league appearances.

The forward is currently a member of the Belgium Under-21 side, but he is hoping to break into the senior national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Tue 18 March, 2014
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