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Hodgson responds to Batshuayi‘s comments on the coach’s lack of trust

Sun 04 April 2021 | 11:01

Crystal Palace boss says Batshuayi should understand playing for Belgium is not the same as playing for a Premier League club.

Michy Batshuayi

, who joined

Crystal Palace



on a season-long loan deal, is unhappy with lack of playing time at Selhurst Park.

The 27-year-old, who scored a goal in Belgium’s 8-0 victory over Belarus, said after the game:

"I get a breath of renewed energy when I come into the national team, because it's very hard for me at my club.

"The coach, the team members and the system are different from that at Palace. With the Red Devils, I feel a lot of trust from the coach; trust that I do not get there."

Crystal Palace boss

Roy Hodgson

has now responded to Batshuayi, saying the Belgian should understand the differences between his club and national team.

"Any time a player who is not getting a game here and is obviously unhappy not getting a game here, I'd fully expect that when he goes away with the national team, especially if he plays and does very well, to get the question, 'What's gone wrong? Why aren't you playing back there?' ”

Hodgson said.

"Then you expect him to say the type of things Michy said. If after 45 years I didn't expect that or come to terms with that, I would have been living in a different world.

"But I would advise people that when they do go away and say that to be a little bit careful.

"Because playing 60 minutes against Belarus and scoring one of eight goals is not quite the same as if he comes on against Everton and helps them to a 3-0 win by scoring a couple.

"I would put that in a different league in terms of achievement. Without wishing to denigrate them in any way, the quality of a Belgian team against a Belarus team is not like two Premier League teams playing together."

source: SportMob