Chelsea landed Alvaro Morata after they missed out on Romelu Lukaku last summer, in a long drawn transfer negotiations, and according to Michael Emenalo, the former was not Antonio Conte’s first choice.
According to the Metro Sport, the Spanish striker was not Conte’s main option for a marquee summer signing, but Morata who has had a fine start at Stamford Bridge since his arrival.
The 24-year old has scored nine goals this season in the Premier League after 14 appearances in the top flight this season. In an interesting turn of events, Jose Mourinho who lined up Morata as his first choice missed out on him, and signed Lukaku instead.
Emenalo, who used to be Chelsea’s technical director insists Conte wanted Lukaku over Morata but has come come to appreciate the striker after both began working together at Cobham (Chelsea’s training grounds).
“As everybody knows in every walk of life, you develop an idea and you have a policy in mind and you have an intent, and if it doesn’t go the way you want, there is some level of disappointment.
But I can tell you today Conte is extremely happy with Alvaro Morata, and I think that is down to Morata and is also down to the fantastic work they do at Cobham.”
Michael Emenalo, Metro