Alvaro Morata became Chelsea’s club-record signing this summer when he joined on a five-year deal for an initial £58 million.
Despite major trophies and a career-best return of 20 goals, he wanted to leave Real Madrid after growing frustrated with his lack of starts under Zinedine Zidane.
In addition to the hefty fee, the 25-year-old also has to deal with the pressure of replacing Diego Costa, who fired Chelsea to the Premier League title last season.
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Morata ended a six-game drought by superbly heading in the winner against Manchester United before the international break – his eighth goal for Chelsea.
His big move left Karim Benzema as Real’s only senior recognised centre-forward, but how did Madrid fans feel when the transfer was announced?
How Real fans reacted to Morata sale on Twitter
Here’s what Los Blancos supporters were saying on Twitter when the Spain international’s move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed in July.
Lots of fans backed Zidane's decision, others believed reinforcements would be needed, but the majority felt that the Frenchman would live to regret agreeing to Morata’s departure.
Check out the best tweets below:
With Benzema’s poor form, Gareth Bale’s injury problems and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring just once in La Liga so far this term, Zidane could certainly do with Morata in his squad now.
However, he’d probably still be in a back-up role to Benzema, whereas in west London, he is undoubtedly Antonio Conte’s first-choice striker.
More to come from Morata?
After recovering from a hamstring injury, the Madrid-born forward rediscovered his sharpness against Man Utd as he terrorised their centre-backs.
Chelsea fans will be hoping his good form continues after international duty ahead of trips to West Brom, Qarabag and Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Madrid may look on, potentially ruing Morata, who scored for Spain against Costa Rico on Saturday, as the “one that got away”.
Do YOU think Real made the right choice in selling Morata to Chelsea? Will they regret that decision? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!
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