Two of our Spanish players, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, have been speaking about their compatriot Alvaro Morata and the qualities our new signing will bring to the Chelsea team.
Morata has now completed his move from Real Madrid and will link up with his new team-mates in Singapore next week.
The 24-year-old striker arrives with a proven pedigree at the top level, according to Azpilicueta (pictured right with Morata).
‘I know him from playing together for Spain,’ said the Blues defender. ‘I’ve spoken to him and he told me he’s really happy to be joining Chelsea. He’s spoken to the manager and he’s feeling very pleased with the move. He knows this is a very demanding club but he has always played for top teams, so hopefully his experience will help us a lot.
‘He has already proven his quality at big clubs such as Real Madrid and Juventus. In terms of his attributes as a striker, he scores a lot of goals, and important goals as well. He’s very good technically and he’s a strong player. The Premier League is different to Spain but I’m sure he will adapt and show his great ability. He’s a Spain international but he is young so obviously he can still improve further.’
Alonso is equally excited about the arrival of Morata, and the left wing-back believes the overall quality of our recruitment this summer will serve us well going into the new season.
‘I know him better away from the pitch but he’s a player we will need,’ said Alonso. ‘He’s a very good striker and in great condition for the Premier League.
‘He’s physically strong, quick and most importantly he’s always been a goalscorer, so we’re very happy to have him with us and I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Chelsea shirt.
‘It’s always good to have competition for places, it can only help us as a team and individually. It’s great to have these players coming in and hopefully we can achieve good things together.’