Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea was partly influenced by the Spaniard’s unwillingness to upset the fans of one of his former clubs, according to a representative of the player, Beppe Bozzo.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Tuttosport (translated by Football-Italia.net), Bozzo says the affection that was shown towards him by Juventus fans during Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Juve back in May, prompted him to refuse any overtures from one of the Bianconeri’s key rivals, Milan:
“Was Morata really close to Milan? The lad didn’t mind the idea. But if he chose not to go back to Italy and join Chelsea then it’s also because of the Juventus fans. Alvaro was positively surprised by the affection of the Juve fans in Cardiff, and it was because of this that he preferred another solution.”
Morata signed for Juventus just after Antonio Conte left the club to become the manager of the Italian national team, although the Chelsea boss had laid the ground work for the transfer. His two years in Turin were spent working under Max Allegri before Real initiated their €30m buyback clause to bring him back to the Bernabeu last summer.
The 24 year old has already said that Conte is the person who has backed him the most during his playing career despite never having played for him until now. It will be interesting to see how the Italian gets the most out of the club record signing next campaign.