Alvaro Morata reveals why he signed for Chelsea after criticising London life
By Laura O’Leary
Alvaro Morata has put his long-term future at Chelsea in doubt after admitting London contains “too much stress” for him, but claims he signed because of manager Antonio Conte.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Morata was asked how he was finding England’s capital city and replied: ” I do not see myself living here for very long.
“It’s too big, too much stress, too much of a metropolis.”
Though he did reveal on a more positive note that he was fascinated by London’s “multi-ethnicity” and “the coexistence of cultures and religions.”
The 25-year-old joined Chelsea in the summer for a club-record deal that could eventual total £70 million in value.
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The striker has started quickly in the Premier League – in his nine appearances, he has scored six goals and got three assists. This means he has averaged a goal every 105 minutes.
The young striker did say “the presence of a Spanish enclave, with Azplicueta, Alonso, Fabregas and Pedro, made things simpler” when explaining how he managed to settle quickly into life at Chelsea.
Despite saying in his interview, ahead of the Champions League game against Roma, that he doesn’t envision living in London for long, the star has a five-year contract.
Morata’s contract does not end until June 2022, having only just signed in the summer.
The Spaniard also revealed in the same interview that he chose to move to Chelsea because of manager Antonio Conte.
He said: “I came here because there was a coach like Antonio Conte, we started talking about my eventual transfer last spring and finally I really landed in London.
“He is demanding, but he best exploits the skills of a footballer.
“You see that he breathed the air of a big club, first as a player and then as a coach.”