Alvaro Morata has heaped praise on Chelsea rising star Callum Hudson-Odoi and summer signing Jorginho.
Both players have thrilled fans with sparkling pre-season performances, and 17-year-old Hudson-Odoi – who only signed his first professional contract last year – is set to force his way into new boss Maurizio Sarri’s first-team plans.
“I have never seen a player like him,” said Morata.
“Ethan Ampadu and him, when you see them playing, it is like they are 25 and 26 years old – and they are 17! They work so hard.”
Morata has urged Hudson-Odoi to continue his education by shadowing the Blues’ Belgium World Cup forward Eden Hazard.
He added: “As a player and a man — because Eden is a good example.
“Callum is lucky with Eden, with Willian and all the strikers because they are good people and if he listens and watches Willian, he can be the best for the future.”
Italy international midfielder Jorginho has been hugely impressive since snubbing champions Manchester City in pre-season to join from Napoli.
Morata added: “We are lucky. We’ve made a very good signing, because he’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy and because Manchester City wanted him! It would have been very bad for us if City has taken him.
“He was one of the best signings of the last year for Chelsea because now, when we have the ball, he is the key.
“Jorginho and Cesc Fabregas with the ball are two of the best midfielders around.
“There are not too many midfields with this level with the ball — for the strikers it is fantastic.”
* Alvaro Morata was speaking as part of William Hill’s proud partnership with Chelsea FC.
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