Alvaro Morata explains why he snubbed Manchester United for Chelsea

by Leo Nieboer

Alvaro Morata has spoken out about the process that led to him joining Chelsea over Manchester United back in July.

The former Real Madrid striker appeared destined for a move to Old Trafford over the summer, with the two clubs edging closer to a deal, only for Romelu Lukaku to join Man United instead.

Morata ultimately joined Chelsea – seemingly set to sign Lukaku – for a fee of £60m and has scored three goals so far for the Blues.

Speaking earlier this week, the Spaniard insisted that the prospect of working with Antonio Conte, who signed him at Juventus, was what drew him to Stamford Bridge.

“I had various offers this summer, not only Chelsea and Manchester United but also from different leagues,” he said. “It was a good situation for me.

“The most important and best conversation I had was with Conte, he wanted me to come here.

“At the start of the summer, I didn’t know that Chelsea were interested in me. I thought they were in for a different player, maybe Lukaku or maybe someone else, I don’t know. I didn’t think the option of Chelsea was open.”

“But I spoke with Conte several times – and not only this summer. I felt in debt to him. He signed me for Juventus but left very quickly to manage Italy.

“I always wanted to play for him after that. It was only two months with him but it felt like I’d known him forever. When I knew he wanted me this summer, I didn’t think twice. I did everything I could to make the move happen.”

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