Michy Batshuayi ‘was always ready at Chelsea’ but has boosted his World Cup hopes by moving to Borussia Dortmund , Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has told talkSPORT.
The Blues have come under fire for their decision to let Batshuayi leave the club on loan in January after he enjoyed a brilliant start to life in Germany.
The 24-year-old has quickly settled at his new club and scored five goals in his first three games for Dortmund, taking his tally for the season up to 15 after he netted ten goals for Chelsea despite lacking regular game time.
Chelsea beat a host of European rivals to land Batshuayi in 2016, signing him for £33million from French club Marseille , but he has so far failed to really impress in England.
Martinez, though, insists the Belgian is capable of starring at the top level and suggested Chelsea may have jumped the gun by allowing him to leave.
Speaking of his plans for Belgium’s World Cup squad, Martinez told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast : “To play at a World Cup is a unique moment in your career, so you have to be able to play and perform at club level in order to be in that squad.
“For Michy Batshuayi, it’s not about staying in the Premier League , it’s about finding a club where you can have a big role and you can feel you have an influence in the team.
“Michy was always ready at Chelsea, but the competition was really strong in that number nine role.
“He has gone to Borussia Dortmund and as a striker you need to score that first goal as quickly as you can, he scored two in his debut.
“You can see he is happy, free and sometimes a move in the winter window gives you that.
“For Michy, it’s given him a very strong opportunity to be in the World Cup squad because of the environment he’s found.”