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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was pictured in Milan with his agent Juanma Lopez today.

The Blues forward, coming from a patchy first season at Stamford Brigde, was in Italy to meet Juventus sport director Fabio Paratici, with whom he had lunch on Wednesday.

Morata, whose pregnant wife is Italian, would love to return to Serie A, as he probably lived the best two campaigns of his career while at Juventus between 2014 and 2016.

The Spanish striker, who was let down by his exclusion from the Spain squad who will travel to Russia for World Cup 2018, moved to London from Real Madrid in a £ 70m deal last summer and Juventus would be keen to sign him back for a similar fee.

The talks have just started.

HERE: Morata with Paratici and his agent Juama Lopez in Milan today.

 

Morata and Lopez shopping in Milan on Wednesday.

 

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Former Blues striker Hernan Crespo reckons Alvaro Morata should stay at Chelsea, despite a patchy first season.

The Spaniard had a super start, with 11 goals scored in the first four months of the season, but then he had a tormented second part of the season, since he has scored only 3 goals since January.

It was rumoured that Juventus were ready to offer £ 60m to Chelsea to sign him back ( Morata already played in the Bianconeri between 2014 and 2016) but, according to Crespo, Morata would have to stay in the Premier League:

“I think he is a great player,” Crespo, who returns to play at Stamford Bridge on Friday as Chelsea Legends face Inter Forever, told Goal.

He is a young player who has a lot of trophies already.

“However, you need to be patient. He has showed he is a very good striker, but normally when you play in a big team it is difficult to be at a high level for the whole year. In the past, the same thing happened at Juventus, but that is because he is young.

“He can be the future of Chelsea but it depends on him. It is important to see if he is happy. If he is happy at Chelsea and he can show his best in this team then it would be great for everyone, but if he wants to come back to Juventus and make another experience then we will see.

“It is different than my experience at Chelsea because I was older than him. I had already been past my best level. The Premier League at that time wasn’t the best in the world. Now it is. At that time, when I played, Serie A was actually the best. Then, AC Milan called me, the second time was Inter.

“It was difficult for me to adapt that way around. If you want me to offer my personal opinion, I say stay at Chelsea! Show your best there because you play in the best league in the world. Chelsea can win the league again. They have big decisions to make, to go with Conte or not.

“For the players, though, everything is clear for their futures, it is down to them to choose. I think he should stay and that’s regardless of the manager, but you never know, whoever the manager is may have other ideas.”

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After a great start of the season, Spanish striker Alvaro Morata hasn’t mantained the level of his performances.

Now, the Chelsea player reveals he has been influenced by his back’s problems.

Everything was good until I had the problems with my back,” Morata told Chelsea Tv. “I played with a lot of pain and it probably would have been better if I’d stopped. But I wanted to play with my teammates, for the club and the fans. Now it’s in the past. My first year could have been better, but there are still more games to go and we have a chance to win the FA Cup.”

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Alvaro Morata could leave Chelsea at the end of this season after a £ 65m move from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge that happened only last summer.

A return to Italy could be on the cards for the Spaniard, who is married with an Italian model that he met during his spell at Juventus: the couple would love to return to Morata’s wife country, with their twins expected to be born in the end of this spring.

The Spanish striker scored 27 goals in 93 games during a three-year spell in Turin before heading back to Real Madrid in 2016 and then on to the Blues a year later.

But after a mixed first year in west London, where Morata partially failed to reach expectations, Juventus have approached Chelsea about bringing back the striker to Serie A, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.

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Olivier Giroud has scored just one goal since his move to Chelsea from Arsenal last January.

However, his team-mate N’Golo Kante, believes the French striker will be very helpful for the Blues in the last part of the season and that he will score a lot of goals: “They will come, and maybe against Tottenham next weekend”. Kante told the Mirror. “Hopefully he will score, and we can win that game.”

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Bad news for two important Chelsea‘s players: striker Alvaro Morata and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have not been included by coach Julien Lopetegui in the Spain squad who will face Germany and Argentina in two friendlies.

On the other hand Marcos Alonso has been selected and he can collect his first cap with Spain.

 

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Speaking to French media, Olivier Giroud admitted he regrets he never won the Premier League title with Arsenal and then he claimed next season he will do all he can to lift this trophy with Chelsea.

“I don’t know if we can really call it a regret but I have a little feeling of unfinished business because I would really have liked to have won the Premier League with Arsenal”.  Giroud told SFR Sport. You don’t just wipe away five-and-a-half years like that. I have said it often enough — it was my ultimate goal. Having said that, it’s not over, I’m still in the Premier League, now I’m at Chelsea. For this year, I think it’s over for the title, but next year, we’ll come to it with great ambitions. I still want to win it before I end my career.”

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Michy Batshuayi admits he was lacking confidence at Chelsea while now, at Borussia Dortmund, he plays full of it.

The Belgian striker arrived to Stamford Bridge in summer 2016 and despite playing an important role in last title campaign never had full trust by manager Antonio Conte, who rarely started him in the 18 months he coached him.

However, Batshuayi has been showing all his qualities since he moved on loan to Borussia Dortmund, where he has already scored 5 goals in only 3 games.

The 24-year-old forward took a swipe to his former boss, Conte, claiming he just needed more playing time:

“I don’t know if Conte was watching my game,” said Batshuayi.

“Sitting on the bench, score a goal and then back to the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker.

“It wasn’t always easy at Chelsea. I’m now playing with a lot of confidence.

“They are focusing on the Premier League and have an important Champions League tie next week. I hope it turns out well for them.”

 

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