Alvaro Morata is determined to prove his worth to Chelsea after admitting he never considered leaving the club after a difficult first season in England.
Morata only scored one league goal after the turn of the year as speculation over his Chelsea future intensified amid links with Serie A and LaLiga.
The 25-year-old Spain international, who was left out of the country’s World Cup squad, was on target in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over London rivals Arsenal in Premier League action on Saturday.
“There was never a thought for me to leave. For me, it’s easy. I could have gone back to Spain or Italy, all the people believe in me there but I want to change all the things here,” Morata said.
“I want to, not for all the haters, but for me and for Chelsea.”
“I am looking forward to buying a house and I can’t wait for the babies to grow up to put them into school,” Morata added.
“I am very happy and it’s just the beginning of the new season. Why would I not be happy? I want to change all the thinking from the people who say I’m not.
“It’s the only reason I stay here, otherwise if Chelsea said, ‘You are not in our plans’, I move.”