Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed the role Jose Mourinho played in his development while they were both at Real Madrid.
Morata was still a teenager at the time, but one of Mourinho’s team talk made the Spaniard kick Diego Costa.
Mourinho told Morata to fight for his shirt, and as a result, it led to a kick on Costa during a clash between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Speaking to Movistar+, Morata said: “He has character, he took care of the homegrown players.
“He gave me the first big contract with Madrid and he told me: ‘If you get it right you will not have to work in your life’.
“I did not focus from the first moment, I was 17 years old and trained to have fun, not to be a Madrid player or to have to support my family.
“Mourinho told me I had to focus on me. He gave me the alternative. I played with Nacho in the reserves and he told us that we had to fight hard, that is what he wanted, what he likes.
“Mourinho told the two of us that in the Calderon [against Atletico Madrid] we had to fight. I almost took out Diego Costa, I gave him a brutal kick! Sometimes I remind Costa and we laugh.”