Jose Mourinho was interested in signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid before backing out of the deal to sign Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku.
He got Lukaku and Antonio Conte got his man Morata.
It was Mourinho who gave Morata his Real Madrid debut at the age of 18 and was in regular contact with the striker this summer to assure him over his role at Manchester United. While Conte signed him for Juventus in 2014 but didn’t manage him as he joined Italy in the same summer.
Morata never got to play under Conte but played under Mourinho and has now backed Conte over Mourinho – saying it was the Italian that had the most trust in him.
“I’m going to the team managed by the coach who has placed the most faith in me, and that’s great for me,” Morata told AS.
He also told the Guardian: “Conte is the manager who most ‘bet’ on me, without even ever having had me in his team.
“I am very conscious of that: he bet on me for Juventus, but left before I arrived; then he wanted me at Chelsea come what may.
“He knows me better than I could imagine, I am sure, and that is important: it motivates you to work hard, train well.”
Morata concluded: “I feel indebted to him because he is the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me.”