SARRI TALKS ABOUT MORATA’S RELUCTANCE TO CELEBRATE AGAINST NOTTINGHAM FOREST

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace as Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday. Despite scoring twice against Nottingham Forest, Morata refused to celebrate his goals.

It’s been suggested his lack of celebration after scoring twice against Nottingham Forest means he is unhappy at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s semifinal Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham on Tuesday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: “I don’t know [if he is happy].

“I hope so but I don’t know.

“It is more important to score than celebrate. He scored two goals in the last match, in the season he has nine.

“In his best season at Madrid he scored 20 goals, so he will be able to have a very good second part of the season and he will try to reach his best.”

Meanwhile, a report on Goal.com claims Spanish club Sevilla have held preliminary talks with the agent of Morata as they look to sign the Spain international on loan until the end of the season.

According to the report, Sevilla have met Morata’s representative, Juanma Lopez, and are willing to pay the entirety of Morata’s £140,000-a-week wages to bring him to Andalusia.

Sevilla sit third in the La Liga, seven points behind leaders Barcelona and remain in contention to win a fourth Europa League title in six seasons.

Morata joined Chelsea in a deal worth an initial £58 million in the summer of 2017 from Real Madrid but has struggled for consistency at Stamford Bridge.

Morata has scored 24 goals in 72 appearances since joining Chelsea with nine of those goals coming this season.

With Morata struggling in front of goal, Chelsea boss Sarri has preferred Eden Hazard as Chelsea’s striker recently.

Chelsea are reportedly willing to let Morata leave Stamford Bridge this month if a replacement is found for the 25-year-old striker.

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola recently urged Morata to deal with the pressure of playing for a top club like Chelsea.

“It should be a motivational thing,” said Zola. “You are at Chelsea, you are not playing for Southampton or Brighton with all due respect to those clubs.

“People expect a lot from the number nine at Chelsea. They expect a lot of goals and good performances. This is normal, he has to get used to it.

“If he goes to another big club it’ll be the same – there is no way you can avoid your responsibilities.

“It’s part of your job and if you can handle that then the better you’re going to be.”

Zola added: “Technically Morata – and this is the reason we invested a lot in him this year – we thought he was the perfect number nine for us.

“Maurizio [Sarri] has always said that. Technically without doubt he is one of the best in this position.

“I think he has to improve a little bit tactically because nowadays with the type of football, football is so organised you need to get better tactically, your ability is not enough.

“In my opinion he needs to improve on this. He’s been working on that, he has a good attitude. He feels that he doesn’t score enough and he feels a lot of responsibilities for that.

“But he has to learn to put everything behind because these are only burdens that you take on the pitch and they don’t help you to perform better.”

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