Alvaro Morata has praised Chelsea for making his adaptation to life in London and the Premier League “as easy as possible”.
Morata joined Chelsea for £58million this summer after having initially looked likely to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United instead.
United ended up signing long-time Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku, which paved the way for Morata to leave his hometown and sign for Antonio Conte’s champions.
After missing a vital penalty in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, Morata has hit the ground running with seven League goals – and has credited both Chelsea and his new wife, Alice Campello, for helping him adapt to switching clubs and dealing with setbacks.
Speaking to AS about making a move abroad, Morata said: “For Spanish players, I think it’s quite easy. We’ll play wherever we have to.
“Chelsea have gone out of their way to make it as easy as possible for me and also, I have a lot of Spanish team mates there.
“When I first arrived, I missed a penalty in an important match, the Community Shield against Arsenal and I really felt the pressure at that moment.
“My wife helped me to get over that. She’s everything to me – as I am always telling everyone.
“Before, whenever we lost a game and I played badly, I’d lock myself in my room and wouldn’t talk to anyone. That’s changed now.”
Talk of Morata’s adaptation has not been completely smooth, with the striker making an unexpected press conference appearance before Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Roma at the end of last month to deny reports that his time in London would be short-lived.
The forward clarified comments made to an Italian newspaper by claiming he would be happy to sign a 10-year deal with Chelsea if offered the chance, and has once again spoken of his affection for life in England – despite the weather.
“It’s great and we’re really happy,” he added. “We live in the centre, just five minutes from the stadium. Sometimes I walk home after a game.
“The only thing is that I usually get held up in traffic on the way to the training ground – more than I did in Madrid.
“I make the most of that time to call my family. The biggest difference is the sun, the weather, although it’s nowhere near as bad as people make out.”