Alvaro Morata has revealed that he decided against leaving Chelsea in order to repay the faith the Blues have shown in him.
Morata moved to Chelsea last summer in a £58 million move from Real Madrid, and started the Premier League season in fine form. However, the goals quickly dried up, and he would spend the rest of the season in-and-out of the starting XI, with Antonio Conte rotating between the Spaniard, Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard.
His disappointing form last season saw him linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with a move to Juventus or AC Milan having looked most likely, and the striker has admitted that he had plenty of offers to leave:
“I could have gone back to Spain or Italy. All the people believe in me there but I want to change all the things here,” he told reporters after Chelsea’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in which he scored the second goal.
“I want to, not for all the haters, but for me and for Chelsea. Chelsea gave me everything in one moment that I needed and now I have a lot of time to give back all that Chelsea give me.
“I am looking forward to buy a house and I can’t wait for the babies to grow up to put them into school. I am very happy. Why would I not be happy?
“I want to change all the thinking from the people who say I’m not. It’s the only reason I stay here. If Chelsea said you are not in our plans, I move. But if Chelsea want you, every player wants to stay.”