Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has no regrets about replacing Chelsea star Diego Costa with Alvaro Morata, and thinks that the younger Spaniard represents good business for the club.
Conte pointed out that not only is Costa older than Morata, but that Chelsea got more money from him than they had to give to Real Madrid for Alvaro Morata.
The Blues are now however looking at other forwards this winter, and Morata has struggled with form and fitness on different occasions leading to many fans questioning if he is right for the club or strong enough to lead their line for a whole season when they are in multiple competitions.
Standard Sport reports that Conte said “For a striker, to spend 55m Euros [£58m] on a young player like Morata, and selling Costa for 60m [£60m] Euros, a player older than Morata… that was a good sign for the club.
“If you remember, in the past, he stopped himself for a problem in his back (A pain in the back). Now this pain has come back.
“I hope it’s not serious. But this is the second game that he stopped. He wasn’t available against Brighton because this problem was there the day before as well [regardless of his suspension].”
Morata will miss the game against Arsenal tonight due to injury, and it may hand another chance to Michy Batshuayi, who of course has struggled for game time under Antonio Conte.
The Blues are also chasing Edin Dzeko, with thoughts that Roma will be willing to sell the player – but Chelsea failing to agree terms with Dzeko as of yet.
Conte will want Morata back fit and firing as soon as possible, with the Blues having to face Barcelona in the Champions League soon and fully aware that without as many options up top as possible, they may not progress.