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Morata eyes glory after sealing Chelsea move

By Carl Markham

Chelsea have clinched the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old Spain striker has agreed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge in a move worth around £60m.

Morata said: "I am so happy to be here. It's an incredible emotion to be part of this big club.

"I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible."

Morata was poised to join Manchester United until their recruitment of former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku, and has instead ended up with the champions.

Blues boss Antonio Conte briefly worked with Morata at Juventus and believes the forward - who scored 20 goals as Real won both La Liga and the Champions League last season - can bring something different to the Chelsea frontline.

Speaking at a press conference in Beijing earlier yesterday, Conte said: "We have added a fantastic striker, even at a young age he has won a lot already and we are looking forward to welcoming him.

"I think for sure this is a good signing for us. He is a young player, but has a lot of experience."

Morata will now join up with the Blues squad on their pre-season tour of Asia. They play Arsenal in a friendly at the Bird's Nest Stadium today before heading to Singapore.

Blues technical director Michael Emenalo said: "Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be an asset."

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