- Morata snubbed Man United for Chelsea because of his talks with Antonio Conte and his close relationship with good friend Cesar Azpilicueta
- The former Real Madrid striker completed a £58m move to Chelsea after Man United opted to sign Belgian international Romelu Lukaku
- He has scored three goals so far in four appearances for the Blues this season in the Premier League
Chelsea in-form striker Alvaro Morata has revealed that his conversation with gaffer Antonio Conte in the summer and his friendship with teammate Cesar Azpilicueta triggered his decision to join the Blues this season.
According to Morata, he opted to sign for Chelsea for these reasons even after being linked with a transfer to Manchester United all summer.
The Madrid-born star spent time in the youth system of Atlético and Getafe before finding a home with Los Blancos.
However, he would go on to spend six years in the Spanish capital before completing a £18m move to Turin, with now-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte signing him at Juventus.
But just after two years, Real Madrid brought him back to the Santiago Bernabéu.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Mail, Morata confirmed he was a wanted man this summer.
He said: "Yes. I had various offers this summer, not only Chelsea and Manchester United but also from different leagues.
"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.
"Last summer it was close. Cesar Azpilicueta was a bit annoyed because he had already started house-hunting for me last summer. We’d even got estate agents on board. This time Cesar has sorted everything!
"When I spoke to Conte last summer, I said 'If I’m going to leave Real Madrid, it will only be for Chelsea'.
"I remember I was with my wife after hearing him out conversation and I said 'Chelsea are going to win the league this season.' And that’s exactly what happened. Now we need to repeat it!"
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