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Alvaro Morata has in a statement said he is joining Chelsea because Antonio Conte is the manager who has put “the most faith” in him in his career so far.
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Morata, 24, is on the verge of joining the Premier League champions from Real Madrid after they confirmed on Wednesday that a deal had been agreed for him to move.
The striker, who notched 20 goals for Madrid in all competitions last season, all but confirmed the transfer late on Wednesday night and also spoke in glowing terms of Conte ahead of the proposed move.
“I’ve already spoken to Conte,” Morata told AS. “I’m going to the team managed by the coach who has placed the most faith in me, and that’s great for me.
“I’m not disappointed (at how my return to Madrid went). I’ve won four titles here, among those my second Champions League with Madrid but now I only think of putting on the Chelsea shirt.
“Thank you very much to all the Madridistas who have supported me. I will always wish the best to Madrid.”
Born in Madrid, Morata progressed through Los Blancos’ academy and made his first-team debut in December 2010, before joining Juventus in the summer of 2014 for £17.5m.
In June 2016, Real Madrid exercised a buy-back clause to bring Morata back from Juventus for £26.2m, but the forward struggled for regular playing time.
Morata had been a target of Manchester United earlier in the window, before they signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton instead.