Official: Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea from Real Madrid has been completed, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

The 24-year-old striker has moved to Stamford Bridge for a reported fee of £70 million and has agreed to a five-year contract, having played 43 times for the European champions last season, scoring on 20 occasions.

However, he found himself surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu and has elected to join up with Antonio Conte’s side.

“I am so happy to be here,” he told Chelsea’s official website. “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.”

Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emanelo added the club expect a great deal of him: “We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action. Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad.”

The striker will meet with his team-mates on their pre-season tour of Asia, as they prepare to face Arsenal in Beijing on Saturday.

Conte insisted on Friday that Morata was his first-choice target for the No.9 role, despite Chelsea’s attempts to sign Romelu Lukaku before his move to Manchester United.

“I think for sure this is a good signing for us, he is a young player but has a lot of experience, he went to Juventus and Real Madrid,” Conte said of him. “He has a lot of experience and I think this is a good signing for us.”

Morata, who came through the Madrid youth ranks, narrowly missed playing under the Italian with Juventus, arriving at the Serie A giants for a two-season stint shortly after Conte departed for the Italy national team job, but revealed the manager’s influence played a great role in him electing to move to Stamford Bridge.

“I’m going to the team managed by the coach who has placed the most faith in me,” he said.

Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko have already joined up with the Blues this summer, making Morata their fourth signing.

Dani Ceballos’ official presentation

The presidential box at the Santiago Bernabéu hosted Dani Ceballos’ official presentation as a Real Madrid player. Following a video of the player’s finest moments, Florentino Pérez had the following to say: “This is where your dreams come true. You followed your heart in choosing this badge and from now on you have the responsibility of defending it until the final whistle of every game. You must give your all until the last, just as our history dictates”.

“We are presenting a new player who will help to excite the fans and make their dreams come true. He is a young player who is excelling at this moment in time and will be a pillar of the club for the future. Though his humility, hard work and sheer talent, he was recently named best player at the Euro Under 21 championships”.

“Now the real challenge starts, and you must succeed at this club for you, your family and for our fans all around the world, who are already fully convinced of your talents. The fans will back you to the hilt, knowing that you will give your all for Real Madrid. You have already shown your class since your debut with Betis as well as with the Spanish national team, with whom you won the Euro Under 19 championship”.

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“Your commitment to wearing the badge of Real Madrid was key to you coming to the Bernabéu. This is the stadium you want to win in and this is the club you choose to give your all for. Your commitment to defending this badge, when you were wanted by so many clubs, will make all madridistas proud”.

Ceballos: “This was always my dream when I was young”
“I would like to thank the president for the faith he has shown in me. I had no other option but to say yes as it was always my dream to play here. I want to thank my family as they have accompanied me through everything. I have come to give everything for this club and help to make more great history”. The presentation ended with a photo of the new madridista along with his family, Florentino Pérez and several members of the board of directors.

(Source: RealMadrid.com)

Morata in Chelsea?

Real Madrid’s striker Alvaro Morata is closing in on an €80 million move to Chelsea, claims Marca.

Morata had previously been a target for Manchester United, but the arrival of Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford, and inability to agree a deal with Madrid, has seemingly seen the Red Devils move on. AC Milan have also shown an interest, but Morata now appears poised to join Premier League champions Chelsea to end manager Antonio Conte’s search for a top-class striker.

Real Madrid won’t sign a replacement for Alvaro Morata, if the Spain international striker leaves during the transfer window, reports AS.

AC Milan and Chelsea have been linked with bids for Morata, after Manchester United seemingly ended their pursuit after bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Madrid want Morata to stay for another season, but if their €90 million valuation is met, they won’t move to bring in another striker.

Ronaldo – Donnarumma swap incoming?

With the Portuguese looking for a way out of the Spanish capital, the Rossoneri are open to holding talks regarding a possible trade for their keeper

Real Madrid’s first opponent in the upcoming pre-season is Manchester United. If you want to find out the odds on this game, check them out here. According to some reliable sources, it’s quite possible that Ronaldo will be leaving The Galacticos even before this match-up against his former club.

Milan would be prepared to discuss a possible swap deal involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Donnarumma, says club director Massimiliano Mirabelli. The Portuguese forward is reportedly looking for a way out of Real Madrid this summer, with that decision sparking intense transfer talk ahead of the opening of the next window.

While the La Liga champions may be bracing themselves for a high-profile exit, they are also in the market for new additions.

Milan keeper Donnarumma is among those said to be on their radar, and Mirabelli has joked that there is a trade option available which could be of interest to the Serie A club.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “If Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and they want Donnarumma, then we’re ready to talk to President Florentino Perez.”

Madrid are not the only ones keen on Donnarumma, though, with Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta admitting that his club are planning a bid.

Mirabelli added: “I would’ve been stunned if Marotta had said anything else. Marotta is very talented on the market, so if he is interested in a goalkeeper, we are here.

“For the moment, nothing will happen. The input we got from the owners is not to accept offers. He is priceless and we will not sell him. For now.”

Milan find themselves in this situation after seeing Donnarumma snub the offer of fresh terms at the San Siro. Mirabelli is disappointed to have seen the 18-year-old make that decision, with a lucrative contract tabled. He said: “We wanted to make him a symbol of Milan for our fans and Gigio had everything required to fill that role.

“He would’ve had the captain’s armband and, frankly, it was an enormous offer, considering his young age and Milan’s situation: €25m net over five years means €50m gross for the club.

“On a human level, we were upset, especially as there was no chance for negotiation. It’s not true that on Thursday there was tension with Raiola and we argued with him. We both simply took stock of the situation and went our separate ways.

“We are upset, naturally, just as our fans are. And I say that with the utmost respect for Gigio and Raiola: everyone is free to make whatever decision they deem right.

“Now we are looking for a goalkeeper worthy of Milan. Whoever plays for Milan must realise what this jersey means.”

Real gave up on Pogba?

 

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After all the drama, it seems like Real Madrid gave up on bringing in the French superstar in their new line up. The alleged record-breaking transfer fee has probably been too much for the Champions League winners.

According to Sky Sports, the Spanish giants accepted defeat in the race for Paul Pogba, making way for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

The French midfielder has been the biggest subject in this summer’s transfer talks, as he was targeted by many European clubs. His price is alleged to be way over the €100m Madrid paid for Gareth Bale.

And as the Red Devils step up their pursuit of the 23-year-old superstar, the British newspapers report that Real’s president Florentino Perez has admitted that he is too expensive for them.

Instead, Real Madrid will focus on Valencia’s Andre Gomes, who has shown some great performances for Portugal as they have won the Euro 2016. If you want to bet on Los Blancos’s next matches, visit the best sportsbook.