Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has said that Alvaro Morata forced the club into the January transfer market for a new striker, by saying that he wanted to leave the club.
Juventus striker, Gonzalo Higuain, arrived in England on Wednesday to complete an initial six-month loan move to replace Morata, who is expected to join Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the season.
Morata has struggled on and off the pitch since arriving at Stamford Bridge for a then-club record fee of £58 million from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, and had fallen behind Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud in Sarri’s striker pecking order in recent weeks.
“I think that Morata is a very good player.
“I think that Morata has the characteristics for playing in my team. But Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team, so it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100 percent for his mental situation, I think.
“I think that Morata is potentially a very important player. From the physical and technical point of view, he is a very good player and suitable for my football. But the situation changed in the last month, so we needed to change,” Sarri said according to ESPN.