Alvaro Morata has today officially been unveiled as a Chelsea player, having signed for the Blues on a five-year deal.
It was announced a couple of days ago that Chelsea had reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the striker, with it being later reported by The Telegraph and others that said agreement included an initial transfer fee of £58 million.
Though that fee means Morata is officially a club-record signing, the current transfer market is considered to be hugely inflated at present, especially for English sides, meaning this deal has been widely seen as fantastic business by Chelsea. Morata arrives with a considerable number of trophies under his belt despite being aged just 24, with his most recent silverware being the Champions League trophy that Real Madrid lifted in Cardiff back in May.
The Spanish international has a fantastic relationship with Antonio Conte and it is clear that both men are looking forward to working with one another. Currently in Beijing with his squad on Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the Far East, Conte expressed his joy that Morata was joining the Blues earlier this morning, and says the 24-year-old was the club’s “first-choice” striker target to replace Diego Costa.
Alvaro Morata is a Chelsea player!
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After passing a medical and agreeing personal terms today, Morata said:
“I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.”
Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo added:
“We are delighted to complete Alvaro’s signing and welcome him to the club. We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action.”
Morata is expected to wear the number 9 shirt at Chelsea and has agreed a five-year deal that will reportedly see him earn £170,000-a-week.
We wish him the best of luck at Chelsea and hope to see him fire us towards many more trophies!