Michy Batshuayi has denied claims he laughed at Alvaro Morata during Chelsea’s Community Shield penalty loss.
The forward was filmed laughing and smiling as Chelsea players, including £70million summer signing Morata, stood around in a clip that was widely shared on social media.
There were suggestions that it came after the Spain international missed one of Chelsea’s spot kicks during the shoot out as Arsenal won the Community Shield, that were later proved to be unfounded.
With Morata in direct competition with Batshuayi for a place in the starting line-up, some fans seemed to think he was happy at his misfortune.
But it has since been clarified that Batshuayi’s actions came during the trophy presentation after the game, while the 23-year-old was keen to dis-spell suggestions he enjoyed Morata’s miss.
The Belgian striker wrote on Twitter: ‘Wow lol some people really believe I laughed at my teammate and/or us losing ? Sorry to disappoint but I wasnt.
‘Im enjoying every goal for us scored by anyone in the team, thats the only thing you have to know. have a blessed day (sic)’.
Batshuayi was not happy when an internet outlet posted the video on their website, accusing them of pushing ‘boring clickbait’.
He was accepting of criticism he faced and even replied to a fan who sent him praise. Batshuayi wrote: ‘Thanks (but dont lie because I know i didnt play that well lol)’.
Batshuayi will be hoping for a better campaign in 2017-18 than last season, when he was infrequently used by manager Antonio Conte.
The striker did score the title winning goal at West Brom as Chelsea won 1-0 to secure the crown in Conte’s first campaign.