Sarri has revealed Alvaro Morata told Chelsea a month

Maurizio Sarri has revealed Alvaro Morata told Chelsea a month prior he never again needed to play for the club.

Morata is hoping to complete a move back to Spain by joining Atletico Madrid on an underlying credit bargain until the finish of the season.

And Chelsea boss Sarri says he knew the striker’s time was up at Stamford Bridge when the player admitted he needed out before Christmas.

Sarri said: « Morata is potentially a very good player. He has the characteristics for playing in my team, however one month prior he said he needed to play for another team.

« It was very difficult for him to give us 100 per cent because of his psychological circumstance.

« He is entirely appropriate for my football, but the situation has changed in the last month, so we expected to change. »

Morata’s admission that he was unable to give everything for Chelsea convinced the club to quicken their quest for Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentinian completed his loan move to Stamford Bridge from Juventus yesterday in a move the Blues expectation will at long last end their scan for an ordinary goalscorer.

Sarri added: « In the January market it is very difficult to get a very good striker. Gonzalo was in a circumstance we could endeavor to get him, so we chose to attempt. »

Morata is presently planning to seal his turn to Atleti, having decided the time was right to quit England and return to Spain.


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