Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has admitted that it was advice given to him by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that made him into the top class player he is today.
The pair worked together at Real Madrid earlier in the 24-year-old’s career, and the talented striker has revealed, it was a telling off after a bad training session from the Portuguese coach that made him realise he had to make the best of his talent.
In an interview featured in the Daily Express the Spain international said:
“Mourinho treated us very well and cared for us, using a carrot and stick,”
“He gave me my first big contract at Madrid.
“He called me after a bad training session and said to me that if you start well (in your career) then you will never have to work again in your life… but right now you have to decide where you want to go, so work well.”
Morata moved to Chelsea from Real Madrid for £70 million this summer. He started the season brilliantly netting eight goals in his first 11 Premier League appearances, although he has struggled with form and injury over the last couple of months.
Despite, already winning a huge haul of trophies during his two spells with Los Blancos and a spell in Italy with Juventus, this is the first season in which the striker has been a regular in the first team.
Interestingly, although it is only February, Morata has already played more minutes for Chelsea this campaign than he has ever played for any of his former club’s during an entire season.