Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed that he expects to be stay at Stamford Bridge for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
The Spain international joined the Blues in a club record £58 million deal last summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid, and began his Chelsea career in blistering form. He began to struggle for form and fitness though as the season went on, and he has been widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge this summer after just one season in London.
However, the 25-year-old attacker has now revealed that he wants to stay with Chelsea despite struggling during his first 12 months at the club.
“On the first day of pre-season I spoke to [Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia] and with the manager and I said: ‘I want to stay at Chelsea’,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“They told me: ‘We have a lot of confidence in you and we want you to stay too.’ So everything was perfect.”
Morata also admitted that he has turned down moves that would have been more beneficial to him financially and on a personal level, to stay in the Premier League.
“A lot of things have changed in our lives and the only thing I have in my head now is to score, score, score! Then to come back home and stay with my babies and my wife.
“The easiest thing would have been to leave Chelsea this year. I could have gone back to Italy. My wife is Italian, it is one hour to her home.
“I could have gone back to Spain, I had a lot of offers. More money.
“But I want to fight. I have had low pressure, because I had already played in Italy and Spain and done good things. But I decided to stay here, I wanted to.”