Even though Alvaro Morata was close to joining Manchester United this summer, the 24-year-old striker always wanted to join Chelsea so he would reunite with Antonio Conte.
Despite Chelsea being close to signing Romelu Lukaku this summer, Morata was Antonio Conte’s first choice while Chelsea’s transfer committee wanted Lukaku so Conte would be excited the Lukaku deal failed because it meant he finally got the striker he always wanted.
In an interview with The Guardian back in April, Morata revealed he was certainly going to play for Chelsea.
“Various Premier League coaches called to tell me to play for them,” Morata told The Guardian in April.
“I said yeah, I’d like to, that if I had to leave I would almost certainly go to London, but that I didn’t know what Madrid would do.
“I knew they’d bring me back but I didn’t know if it was to keep me or sell me. I spoke directly to Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, although the norm is clubs call my dad or agent.
“Madrid said they didn’t want to sell, so here I am. I remember talking to my dad then and him saying: ‘This guy’s [Conte] going to win the league there.’”