Álvaro Morata denies he is unsettled as Chelsea prepare to face Roma

first_imgÁlvaro Morata has reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea and insisted he is happy at the club after appearing to suggest in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport that he pines for Italy and finds life in London “too much stress”.The Spain forward, who spent two seasons at Juventus, signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer after joining for a club record initial fee of £58m from Real Madrid. Indeed, after he hinted over the weekend at being unsettled, his attempts to demonstrate a desire to make a success of life at Chelsea led to the forward ending his pre-match press conference at the Olympic Stadium, where his team take on Roma on Tuesday, by claiming he would be willing to sign longer terms at the club. Was this helpful? 21 February 2012 Napoli 3-1 Chelsea, last 16André Villas-Boas was sacked within two weeks of a defeat in Naples in which Chelsea were comprehensively outgunned. But an astonishing second leg comeback won the tie 5-4 before Chelsea won the Champions League under Robert Di Matteo. 4 November 2008 Roma 3-1 Chelsea, group gameTop of the table Chelsea mat Roma on a run of four defeats, but were undone by Christian Panucci and two goals from Mirko Vucinic, with John Terry scoring a consolation effort. Álvaro Morata, Chelsea’s new Mr Nice, wants to be Antonio Conte’s beast Show Antonio Conte 10 March 2009 Juventus 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3), last 16 Chelsea went through to the quarter-finals on aggregate after a stern test in which Juventus dominated throughout. Didier Drogba’s late goal levelled the match at 2-2 and won Chelsea the tie. 26 October 1999 Milan 1-1 Chelsea, group gameChelsea have won only one of their eight Champions League games in Italy – a 4-0 win against Roma’s city rivals Lazio in November 2003Dennis Wise’s late equaliser earned Gianluca Vialli’s side a draw. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Hide Thank you for your feedback. 6 December 1999 Lazio 0-0 Chelsea, group gameA resolute Chelsea hold off Sven Goran-Eriksson’s Lazio strikeforce including Simone Inzaghi, Roberto Mancini, Marcelo Salas and Alen Boksic. Roma Chelsea 20 November 2012 Juventus 3-0 ChelseaRoberto Di Matteo was sacked following a humbling 3-0 defeat in Turin in which he dropped Fernando Torres and played Eden Hazard as a striker. Chelsea have won only one of their eight Champions League games in Italy – a 4-0 win against Roma’s city rivals Lazio in November 2003. Read more Share on WhatsApp “The disappointment [of leaving Juve] was enormous and I found myself back to the starting point,” he told Gazzetta. “Real treated me like the guy I was before the two seasons in Italy. Italy, for a Spaniard, is the best country to live.“You have everything: beauty, history, art, cooking, fashion. I would never have left Italy and Juve. My wife would like to live in Spain, I in Italy. Here, too, we can find a compromise.”Morata has failed to score in five appearances against Roma and will attempt to break his duck as Chelsea seek the win to ease progress into the knockout phase of the Champions League. Yet they may have to do so without N’Golo Kanté, who will be assessed by the medical staff on Tuesday. The France midfielder has trained three times since hurting a hamstring in a World Cup qualifying win in Bulgaria this month and Conte will talk to him to determine whether he is confident enough to feature. /info/2016/jan/05/the-fiver-email-sign-up The champions face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and it seems likely Kanté will be spared full involvement in Rome with that match in mind. “I think it’s very important, in this moment, to speak with the player and then see his sensation,” said Conte. “I was a player and I know very well that after an injury, above all a muscular problem – a bad injury – it’s very important to listen to the player and find out what are his sensations and then make the best decision for him and for the team. For sure, tomorrow, we’ll try and make the best decision.”The Frenchman was badly missed in the first fixture against Roma, when the Italian club trailed 2-0, led 3-2 and then shipped a late equaliser to Eden Hazard. Like Chelsea, they have won their three subsequent domestic fixtures and hope to have Kostas Manolas, another player courted by the Premier League club in the recent past, fit and available after he resumed training following a thigh complaint. “We respect Chelsea but we’re also convinced about what we can do,” said the manager, Eusebio Di Francesco. “We’re growing and the great strength of this team is that we give away very little. We didn’t go for broke in London; we played with our own identity. That match must be a starting point for us.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 24 February 2010 Inter 1-2 Chelsea, last 16Chelsea were beaten by José Mourinho’s Inter, the eventual tournament winners, in the first leg and would go on to be knocked out in the second leg at home. Timeline Chelsea’s Champions League record in Italy Topics Champions League Share via Email 4 November 2003 Lazio 0-4 Chelsea, group gameHernan Crespo, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Damien Duff and Frank Lampard score in a rout in Rome, while Sinisa Mihajlovic is sent off after kicking and spitting at Adrian Mutu. Share on LinkedIn news The striker scored seven goals in his first seven games for Antonio Conte’s side only for a thigh injury, sustained against Manchester City, to disrupt his rhythm. His last goal came in the win at Atlético Madrid more than a month ago. “I want to say again that we had a problem of understanding in this interview,” said Morata, who was born in Madrid and has had two spells at Real.“If Chelsea proposed me 10 years I’d probably sign that too. I’m happy with this club, in this city, with everything in London. I really like London and probably, if I make good and improve, probably I can stay here more than five years. But I need to score many goals otherwise Chelsea will buy another player. It’s normal.“We have a communication problem with this interview. I wanted to say, probably in the future when I finish in my career, I won’t live in London. But now, at the moment, I’m very happy in London and enjoy living in London with my wife. In the future, when I need to bring my child to school, or when I finish my career, I’d prefer to come back to my country. It’s normal. I prefer the place I was born. But now I’m very happy. When I say it’s a stressful city, I’m only talking about the traffic and that there are a lot of people there. But it’s an incredible city with many religions and many kinds of different people, so I really enjoy London.”Morata had conducted the interview with Gazzetta post-match at Bournemouth, where Chelsea won 1-0 on Saturday. When asked about life in England, he had suggested he did not see himself “living in London for very long”. The forward has settled in Chelsea, in the same apartment block in which Conte lived last season, but has found the capital “too big, too much stress, too much of a metropolis”. That seemed to imply he would soon be joining his team-mates and head coach in Surrey, near the side’s training base in Cobham, rather than being unsettled in the Premier League.However, perhaps more concerning for the club – particularly in the wake of Diego Costa’s constant pining for Madrid – was the warmth in which Morata still clearly holds Italy. The forward spoke fondly of his time at Juve, where he was signed by Conte in the summer of 2014, and is married to an Italian. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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