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Alvaro Morata started his Chelsea career with a bang after he scored seven goals in his first seven games for the club, but his stock has fallen since the start of 2018 where he has struggled for form.

The Spain international made a bright start to his Stamford Bridge career following his club-record £58million move from Real Madrid, but a niggling back injury interrupted his season and he has struggled to recapture his early form since the turn of the year.

Morata has scored just one Premier League goal since January, and now seems to be behind Olivier Giroud in the pecking order, and his place in this summer’s World Cup is even in doubt.

The 25-year-old was first loved by the fans, but he has now revealed that some Chelsea fans abuse him on the street.

“It all started so well. Everybody loved me and I was scoring goals, but it’s different now,” Morata told Marca.

“People say things to me on the street, but they don’t know what I’ve gone through. The person who does know what I’ve gone through is my wife.

“I would rather have torn a muscle and be out for three months than not know exactly what I had. I wanted to play and to keep scoring, but I couldn’t. I didn’t know what I had. The Chelsea doctor did, but we went to see doctors in England and they didn’t find that. We went to Germany and what happened there was very difficult for me.

“This was a new team and it was all perfect. We’d beaten Atletico Madrid and we were going well in the Premier League, then it all changed. I had to go several times to Germany to receive a treatment in which they put injections in my back. It hurt a lot and then I would have to return to London to train the next day.

“I think I made a mistake. I should have stopped playing. When you’re injured, you’re injured, and that’s that. You can maybe play one match, but you can’t carry on for a month. On top of that, I didn’t have much luck during this time. If I’d scored in one of those matches then something would have changed.”

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