Alvaro Morata opens up about decision to join Chelsea ahead of Man United
The Chelsea summer signing insists moving to the defending champions was always his priority despite Manchester United interest
Alvaro Morata insists he was always going to join Chelsea in the summer despite having the opportunity to move to Manchester United.
The Spain international was initially linked with a move to Manchester United having worked under Jose Mourinho during the early stages of his Real Madrid career.
The Red Devils ended up signing Romelu Lukaku in a £75m deal from Everton despite the Belgium striker being heavily linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.
In a twist of fate, Chelsea brought in Morata in a £58m transfer from Real Madrid to bolster their attacking line-up ahead of Diego Costa’s anticipated departure.
And Morata has revealed that he had his heart set on a move to the defending Premier League champions throughout the summer despite interest from Manchester United.
“Antonio, Michael, Marina, all of them called me this summer and there was no chance I wasn’t coming to Chelsea,” Morata told Metro.
“They demonstrated to me that they really wanted me. I had the chance to go to Manchester United and other teams in the Premier League.
“The important thing is I’m part of Chelsea and I’m very happy with this and now it’s time to fight for the blue shirt. I want to play well and win with this shirt.”
Morata made his La Liga debut under the Portuguese coach before Mourinho’s replacement Carlo Ancelotti gave the Spanish striker the chance to shine on a more regular basis in the Real Madrid starting line-up.
However, the Madrid-born forward opted to move to Juventus in 2014 in search of a consistent starting spot as Conte orchestrated the deal.
But the Juve boss quit the Turin club to take over the Italian national team a matter of days before Morata completed his big-money move.