ALVARO MORATA says he had doubts about joining Chelsea but a call from Antonio Conte helped to persuade him.
Morata joined Chelsea in a club-record £70million deal last month after a proposed move to Manchester United collapsed but the Spaniard’s career with the Blues hasn’t got off to the best start after he missed a penalty in the Community Shield shoot-out against Arsenal last Sunday.
After the match Conte called on Morata to improve quickly to get up to speed with English football.
But Conte and Morata share a good relationship and when asked if the Italian manager’s call was essential to joining Chelsea, the former Real Madrid ace admitted he wasn’t sure he was interested in joining the Premier League champions.
He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “I knew Conte loved me, and I had talked to him many times.
“In a way, I felt indebted to him because I signed for Juve and had to go.
“Actually, at first, I did not know that I was so interested in signing myself, but when I found out, I did not hesitate and it was my preference.”
Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with Morata not guaranteed to start.
And though he is targeting around 20 goals in his first season, Morata is more focused on winning trophies.
He added: “I wish I could put more than 20! It’s my job. But it does not obsess me either in the sense that I change it by collective titles. For example, in Juve I did not score any more than 20 goals, and I won all the titles except the Champions League final.
“I have scored 15 or 16 goals and raised titles. And other forwards have made 35 and have not won anything.
“I want to score them, but a player can be remembered for other things in the game.”