By Jack Kinnersley For Mailonline
Published: 13:47 BST, 10 September 2020 | Updated: 17:56 BST, 10 September 2020
Crystal Palace have confirmed the return of striker Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea.
The 26-year-old's existing Chelsea deal was set to expire next summer but the additional 12 months will now ensure he does not become a free agent once his loan expires.
Palace have an option to buy the player at the end of the loan deal but they are not obliged to.
Michy Batshuayi has returned to Crystal Palace on loan after signing a contract extension
The 26-year-old joined Chelsea for £33million from Marseille in 2016 but has struggled for regular game time and been pushed further down the pecking order this summer following the Blues’ spending spree.
The £53m signing of Timo Werner, adding to Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud already in the squad, means Batshuayi would have been the fourth-choice striker in Frank Lampard's