Sarri: Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has revealed that striker Alvaro Morata came to him a month ago and wanted to leave the club which led him to bring in Gonzalo Higuain.

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“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,” Sarri said.

“So it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100% for his mental situation, I think. But 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.

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“As you know very well, I don’t want to follow the market day by day. I don’t know the actual situation. Morata told me ten days ago that there was an opportunity in Spain, but I don’t know where.”

“We have some problems to score,” Sarri added. “Higuain usually is able to score 25 or 30 goals every season. But, as I told you before, in the market in January it’s very difficult to secure a very important striker.

“Gonzalo was in a situation that we could try to buy him, and so we decided to try for Higuain.”

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