Life in Spain has begun for Michy Batshuayi as he joined up with his new Valencia team-mates for the first time after arriving for a season-long loan from Chelsea.
It is the second loan spell this year for the Belgian international after he spent the second-half of last season in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.
Despite the change in manager at Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi still remains out of favour. New boss Maurizio Sarri has been happy to stick with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud as his main striking options.
Seeking a move away from Chelsea in order to get more first-team football, Batshuayi sealed a loan to Valencia last week that will last the duration of the season.
The 24-year-old was in high demand after an impressive four-month stint at Dortmund toward the end of last season – scoring nine goals in 14 appearances.
‘There were plenty of clubs who wanted to sign me but after talking to Marcelino, a bond was generated and he convinced me to sign,’ he said after being unveiled on Sunday.
‘This is a strong team who play in the Champions League and fight against the best, but what convinced me most was my conversation with the coach.
‘I’ve come here to play for a Valencia side who want to play more than four games in the Champions League. My wish is to win a title with Valencia this season.’
On Tuesday he took part in his first training session with his new side ahead of the new season as he tries to convince his new boss, Marcelino, to hand him a position in the starting 11.
Valencia will kick off their La Liga campaign with a tough match against Atletico Madrid on August 20 but will also play in the Champions League this season.
The Spanish side did not qualify in the previous two campaigns but Batshuayi believes his new side can progress from their group as he looks to finally establish himself in a leading European side.