Borussia Dortmund centre back Sokratis Papastathopoulos has opened up on the arrival of Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi, admitting that the Belgian starlet has given the club a boost since his deadline day move.

To say it's been a tricky year and a half for Batshuayi would be a slight understatement. His high profile move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016 saw his debut campaign in the ​Premier League offer very little game time under Antonio Conte.

After Alvaro Morata's £70m switch to ​Chelsea in the summer was confirmed - Batshuayi's chances were once again doomed. With Olivier Giroud also joining in January, Batshuayi was finally offered a new opportunity at Dortmund.

And with his arrival has come goals in the ​Bundesliga, having netted three in his opening two games in Germany. And now, new teammate Sokratis has praised the 24-year-old - the defender discussing how impressed he's been with Batshuayi replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:

“With Pierre (Aubameyang), we had a good rapport." Sokratis told Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness​).

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"We’ll always be friends, but it was his destiny to leave. I must say that Michy has presented himself really well. And not only with his flips (when he scores): he knows how to score and his desire to make the World Cup with Belgium can give us a nice boost”.

Batshuayi introduced himself to Dortmund fans with a brace and assist in his debut for the club; playing a hand in all three of his side's goals in their 3-2 victory of Cologne. 

His home debut against Hamburg saw the striker net another, as ​Dortmund ran home 2-0 victors in Batshuayi's first match at Signal Iduna Park