Lampard - Batshuayi is important to Chelsea.

Lampard has quashed rumours suggesting that the Belgium international may move on in search of playing opportunities.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists that Michy Batshuayi has a role to play at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international has not yet been involved in the Blues’ opening two Premier League matches against Manchester United and Leicester City, but Lampard admits he wants Batshuayi to stay and fight for his place in the team.

Batshuayi had a good performance in Chelsea’s u23 side that played Liverpool on Monday night, scoring two goals in a 3-0 victory.

"I thought it was a good performance in terms Michy got the fitness work that he needed out of the game," Lampard said as Sky Sports quoted.

"He scored two good goals - two very good finishes - and I thought he worked hard. That's exactly what the game was there for for him.

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"As I said before here and I'll say on the training pitch: we need Michy. We need the competition up front with the three strikers that we have.

"As I said before if we'd have been more clinical in front of goal we possibly could have had three wins. The competition is there, and that's the challenge for the strikers.

"We work hard on the training ground as a team to create and also to finish. I used to love practising my finishing in training.

"What I have got is great attitude in the three strikers. But others in the squad also always want to stay out, want to work harder.

"Tammy's goal goes in off the post against United, different story for him, different story for the game.

"But we can't get too down about that, we've got to stay positive and it will come. We've got some great attacking players here, and it will come."

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