Alvaro Morata opens up about difficult 12 months at Chelsea
Alvaro Morata’s time in England has been very hit and miss.
He started like a house on fire after signing from Real Madrid for £60million in 2017.
But, since last Christmas, Morata has been extremely goal-shy, and his large price-tag seems to be weighing heavily on him.
Former manager Antonio Conte seemed to lose faith in him – the signing of Oliver Giroud highlighted that – and his poor form meant that he missed going to the World Cup.
But new Spain boss Luis Enrique has recalled Morata for his country’s Nations League games against England and Croatia.
And Morata has been reflecting on his tough last year.
“I found it hard to come to terms with not being able to go to the World Cup,” he told Marca.
“It was a really hard time for me, but it is not worth me dwelling on the past and speak about these difficult moments.
“It was my biggest dream and instead I had to watch the games on the TV and yes it was a hard time…a really difficult time.
“Last year I was not happy, everything was a disaster – I went out onto the pitch and did not know where I was.”
During the summer, rumours were constantly appearing linking Morata with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
And, according to Sky Italia reporter Fabrizio Romano, Morata was all set to join AC Milan.
But even though he considered leaving, Morata is happy to have remained in West London.
He said: “Leaving Chelsea? I considered playing in Spain again and going back to Italy but now I have stayed here and need to bounce back.”
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has a track record of getting strikers scoring, so Morata’s future at Chelsea looks bright.
And he has started the season perfectly, getting off the mark with a goal in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.