Alvaro Morata has revealed that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was his motivation to join the Blues instead of Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
Morata was left behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order at Real Madrid despite the Spanish forward scoring more goals than the Frenchman in fewer games for the Los Blancos last season.
This lack of game time meant that a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu was very likely for Morata over the summer as he desired to play regular first team football during the World Cup year and in the end, he joined Premier League champions Chelsea for a fee of around €62 million.
The move to Chelsea was a bit of a surprise as Manchester United were said to be very keen on acquiring his services and it was believed that the 24-year-old rejected the advances of the Red Devils, which led them to sign Romelu Lukaku instead.
The forward has now revealed in a recent interview that he had many offers from other clubs such as Manchester United this summer but explained that his previous experience of having played under Antonio Conte at Juventus as well as an encouraging talk with the Italian convinced him to join Chelsea.
Morata told the Daily Mail, “I had various offers this summer, not only Chelsea and Manchester United but also from different leagues. It was a good situation for me. The most important and best conversation I had was with Conte, he wanted me to come here.
“At the start of the summer, I didn’t know that Chelsea were interested in me. I thought they were in for a different player, maybe Lukaku or maybe someone else, I don’t know. I didn’t think the option of Chelsea was open.”
The 24-year-old has also revealed a feeling of debt towards the Italian tactician, who gave him a chance in the first team during their time together at Juventus and has stated that he is now looking to repay his Chelsea boss.
He continued, “I spoke with Conte several times – and not only this summer. I felt in debt to him. He signed me for Juventus but left very quickly to manage Italy.
“I always wanted to play for him after that. It was only two months with him but it felt like I’d known him forever. When I knew he wanted me this summer, I didn’t think twice. I did everything I could to make the move happen.”
Morata impressed for Juventus during his time in Turin as he played a major role in the Old Lady’s run to the Champions League final in his first season at the club in 2014.
Such impressive performances for the Italian giants caught the attention of his former club Real Madrid and the Spanish Champions re-signed the striker by triggering the buyback clause in his contract last summer.
The return to Madrid however did not quite work out for the Spain international as he had to play second fiddle to Kariam Benzema despite regularly performing better than the Frenchman in front of goal and this would surely have left the young forward frustrated.
Finally, Morata is now playing as the main man for Chelsea and has already scored three league goals and set up another two assists in five league games for the Blues and he looks set to be a fantastic signing for the defending Premier League champions.