Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed how former teammate Carlos Tevez once advised him that Serie A is like a university for strikers.
The two hitmen played together for Juventus. The Spanish international joined the Italian giants from Real Madrid in 2014. He would score 27 goals in 93 appearances in 2 seasons and established himself as one the rising young talents in the game. During his time in Turin, the side won the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia twice.
In an interview with La Gazzette dello Sport, Morata went on to talk about his love for the club and his affection for Italian football.
“I didn’t choose Italy, I chose Juventus. I don’t regret it one little bit.
You Italians are too critical of Serie A. The greatest thing about it is how tactical the football is. Carlos Tevez often tells me that Italy is like university for strikers. He is right, as here you become a real player in every aspect. This is a unique opportunity for me. I am truly in love with Juve.”
Ironically, Morata would return to Real Madrid in 2016 after the Spanish club utilised the buyback option on the star. The reunion did not last long though. The incredible form of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and the likes of Gareth Bale meant his appearances at the Bernabeu were limited. In August, he left to join Premier League champions, Chelsea.
He has had a fabulous start to life in London scoring seven times in his first seven games. A knee injury that kept him out for three games has left him without a goal for the last month but it’s only a matter of time before he’s back on the scoresheet again.
His former counterpart, Tevez, is currently earning an incredible £650k a week at Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League. His stay has been a torrid one so far where he has criticised the quality of the league and has been booed by his own fans for lack of production.