ALVARO MORATA claims he ignored his teammates after they begged him to not take the “cursed” No.9 shirt.
The £20million summer time signing turned a deaf ear when different Chelsea gamers pleaded with him to inherit one other quantity at Stamford Bridge.
The No.9’s to come back earlier than him together with Mateja Kezman, Khalid Boulahrouz, Steve Sidwell, Franco Di Santo, Fernando Torres did not dwell as much as the main man position.
The quantity remained vacant after Radamel Falcao discovered the again of the online simply as soon as in 10 Premier League appearances throughout his time on mortgage from Monaco throughout the 2015-16 season.
However that did not faze Morata who stated: “That was one of many first issues I used to be advised after turning up right here.
“Even the lads had been begging me to not take that shirt as a result of it was cursed, however I needed it.”
The 25-year-old hitman arrived at Stamford Bridge in a big-money transfer after taking part in second fiddle at Actual Madrid.
Chelsea had been in want of putting inspiration after the choice to half methods with Diego Costa and Morata was introduced in to fill that main position in entrance of the objective.
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The Spaniard believes he can reverse the curse and return the quantity to its former glory – to the times it graced the again of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink when he blasted 70 targets for the Blues in 136 league video games.
Morata added: “I’ve completed a few little issues to keep away from the unhealthy luck that the shirt supposedly brings.
“Can I inform you what I’ve completed? No probability. If I did that, the curse will come again!”
After an electrical begin to the season, it seems the not-superstitious Morata had certainly damaged the spell – scoring seven occasions in seven appearances, together with a hat-trick in opposition to Stoke.
The previous Juventus and Actual Madrid striker has since been slowed down with a hamstring harm and he hasn’t discovered the again of the online since.
Morata will face his former Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho tomorrow within the crunch conflict between Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Crimson Devils had been in sizzling pursuit of the Spain worldwide in the summertime however as an alternative handed their very own No.9 jersey to Romelu Lukaku.