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Mourinho Made Transfer Approach For Record Signing Of PL Rivals Chelsea — Confirmed

Mourinho Made Transfer Approach For Record Signing Of PL Rivals Chelsea — Confirmed

"You reach a point that you need to play, to grow up, to escape a comfort zone".

"But I spoke with Conte several times - and not only this summer". The most important and best conversation I had was with Conte, he wanted me to come here.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte made signing a new striker a priority early on in the summer, having told last season's top goalscorer Diego Costa he is no longer in his first-team plans. I thought they were in for a different player. maybe Lukaku or maybe someone else, I don't know.

Another way of looking at it is that it was a mutual decision from both Conte and Chelsea; it's been reported that either party is not entirely happy with the way things are happening at the club.

"I remember I was with my wife after hearing him out and I said 'Chelsea are going to win the league this season.' And that's exactly what happened".

Chelsea instead broke their transfer record to sign Morata from Real Madrid in a £60m deal.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? However, his contract extension this summer was merely a pay rise and there still remain only two years left on his contract. With Conte, it may have been the Director of Football hierarchy (although it was part of the job description, surely) and transfers, although we did land some of his favoured targets like Morata and Zappacosta.

The Spain international had a difficult first game for the Premier League champions as he missed a penalty during the Blues' Community Shield loss against Arsenal, but has since shown his true worth, scoring three goals and providing two assists in four league games thus far.

"Last summer it was close", he added.

"In that period, where I couldn't score, you start driving yourself mad". Cesar Azpilicueta was a bit annoyed because he had already started house-hunting for me last summer. This time Cesar has sorted everything! They're a five when they need to be and a three when they need to be - and we've seen how destructive Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses can be when they go forward.

Morata said a key reason for his switch to London had been a desire to link up with coach Antonio Conte, who signed him for Juventus in 2014, shortly before he left to take charge of Italy. "They're great athletes and can get from back to front in no time at all". It's about being comfortable.