Alvaro Morata has confirmed he is staying at Chelsea with the club backing him to come good this season.
The £58million striker – who faces Manchester City in Sunday’s Community Shield – is now settled after a troubled first year in England.
Morata’s wife Alice give birth to their twin sons, Alessandro and Leonardo, last Sunday and the family are set to move to a bigger house near Chelsea’s Cobham HQ.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror Football, Morata said: “On the first day of pre-season I spoke to [Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia] and with the manager and I said: ‘I want to stay at Chelsea’.
“They told me: ‘We have a lot of confidence in you and we want you to stay too.’ So everything was perfect.
“All the people said I wanted to leave, that I was not happy in London but its not true. Now I have taken another house, a bigger one, near to Cobham.
“My wife is very happy. When everyone is talking about the possibility to leave I am here looking for a house. So the story is finished and I can’t wait for Sunday’s game.”
The 25-year-old marksman – who has also changed his shirt number from nine to 29 to mark the day that his boys were born – has now set his sights on the Premier League Golden Boot.
He admitted, however, that he’d rather see Chelsea bounce back to win the title after the club finished outside the top four last season.
He said: “For me I prefer to score 10 goals and take the trophy. I want to win the Golden Boot but in England in the last year the Golden Boot winner didn’t take any trophies.”
Last season’s Golden Boot winner, Mohamed Salah, finished fourth in the League with Liverpool with the Reds beaten in the Champions League Final by Real Madrid.
Harry Kane was the winner of the Golden Boot in the previous two seasons but Spurs were also trophyless.
- Alvaro Morata was speaking as part of William Hill’s proud partnership with Chelsea FC. The Blues can be backed at 11/8 to win the Community Shield and 13/5 to get the job done in 90 minutes. Morata is 11/2 to score first.
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