Premier League: Chelsea's Alvaro Morata says he was 'destined' to work with Antonio Conte

London: Chelsea's new signing Alvaro Morata believes he was destined to play under manager Antonio Conte at a club good enough to compete with Europe's elite.

Morata had joined Juventus ahead of the 2014-15 season, shortly after Conte had left the side to take charge of the Italian national side.

 Premier League: Chelseas Alvaro Morata says he was destined to work with Antonio Conte

Alvaro Morata and Antonio Conte during training ahead of Chelsea's pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich. Image courtesy:

The pair have now been united at Stamford Bridge and the Spanish striker was confident he can adapt to Conte's tactics.

"I know Antonio wanted me in the past and I really want to work with Antonio, and finally destiny put us together," Morata told the club website.

"It was disappointing in 2014 when he went to Italy, but I played well and had a good year at Juventus, but I really want to work with this coach and finally I can.

"I know his work, the staff. I know it is a lot of tactics and I really like this game and I know how to play with this system."

The 24-year-old Spain international backed the defending Premier League champions to go toe-to-toe with Europe's top sides, including his former club Real Madrid, who won their second successive Champions League title last season.

"There are very good players here and I think we can do something amazing this year," Morata added.

"It is hard to leave Madrid but it is not so hard when you come to a club like Chelsea, with these players and with this coach, and I think we can play against Real Madrid and Barcelona and win."

Morata took the vacant number nine jersey and is expected to make his Chelsea debut in a pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich in Singapore later on Tuesday.

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Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017 14:00:33 IST