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Alvaro Morata became Chelsea’s club-record signing in the summer when he joined the Blues for an initial £60 million fee.

The Spaniard has revealed that he was urged to leave by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

Although Zidane was unhappy that he was leaving the Bernabeu, Morata who has scored eight goals already for Chelsea has admitted the Real Madrid boss told him it’ll be better for him to play more games for another club.

“I will be thankful for ever to Zidane because he gave me the chance to win another Champions League and play at Real Madrid,’ Morata told Marca.

“He said to me ‘Alvaro, I know that you want to play and have consistency and I think it would be logical for you to go. He said to me that he wanted me to stay but also that he had a lot of options going forward.’

“I decided that the best thing was for me to go because there was a World Cup ahead and I wanted to be at that.

“I want to be an important player for Spain and for that I need consistency which I am looking for.

“I would never regret joining a club a club like Chelsea and hopefully I will be a long time at Chelsea.”

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