Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Alvaro Morata had first expressed his desire to leave the club about a month ago.
Chelsea signed the Spanish international from Real Madrid for £57m + add-ons taking the fee up to £70m. Morata is expected to sign for Atletico Madrid on loan until the rest of the season with an option for making it permanent.
“I think that Morata is a very good player. I think that Morata has the characteristics for playing in my team. But Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team.
“So it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100 per cent for his mental situation, I think. But I think that Morata is potentially a very important player. From the physical and technical point of view, he is a very good player and suitable for my football. But the situation changed in the last month. So we needed to change.” – Sarri
With Morata stating that he wanted to leave Sarri then told the club that he would like to bring Higuain to Stamford Bridge. It is really interesting to see Chelsea back their manager, especially when the player is 31-years-old. The club has a strict policy when it comes to players above the age of 30.
Even former manager, Antonio Conte wanted to bring El Pipita to Stamford Bridge during his time, 2.5 years ago. But the club said no, stating that he was “too old and too expensive.”
Speaking on the age factor, Sarri said: “31 and 32 is not really very old. I think that, for a striker, it’s very difficult to score with continuity when they are 22, 23.
“So the best is from 27 to 32, 33. So I think they have the right age.”
Higuain was happy to join Chelsea and he said: “When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it. It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.
“I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea has shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.”