English Premiership

Morata: Conte is why I signed for Chelsea

2017-10-30 17:55
Alvaro Morata (AP)

Cape Town - Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed that the presence of manager Antonio Conte is the main reason why he decided to sign for the Premier League champions.

The Spaniard played for Conte during his time at Juventus and has admitted that it was an easy decision when he found out that the Italian was interested in signing him from Real Madrid.

"I came here because there was a coach like Antonio Conte. We started talking about my eventual transfer last spring and I finally came to London," Morata told Gazetta dello Sport.

"I'm in debt with Conte. He had taken me for Juve and then left for Italy. When I knew he wanted me, I didn't think twice."

He added: "There were a number of favourable situations. The first was the coach: I knew Conte and I had no trouble finding myself in his football ideas. The second is the environment: I was very well received by my companions.

"The presence of a Spanish enclave, with Azpilicueta, Alonso, Fabregas and Pedro, made things simpler. The third is my wife Alice Campello: she followed me to London."

Morata and Conte are back in Italy this week for the UEFA Champions League group stage clash with Serie A side Roma on Tuesday.


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