Antonio Conte has hailed Alvaro Morata as a “complete player” and says that the striker is ready to fill Diego Costa’s boots at Chelsea.
The 24-year-old joined the Blues from Spanish side Real Madrid in the summer transfer window as Conte moved quickly to bolster his attacking options at Stamford Bridge ahead of his side’s return to the Champions League.
Morata has made a strong start to life as a Chelsea player and has earned praise for his solid performances for the west London side in the Premier League.
Conte has now been working with Morata on the training pitches at Cobham for more than a month and the Chelsea manager has been delighted by the striker’s attitude and willingness to learn.
And the Italian manager is backing Morata to develop into a top striker at the west London club.
Speaking at a news conference at Stamford Bridge on Friday, Conte said: “For Alvaro it is the right moment to have this type of situation, to be the striker in a great team.
“In his previous seasons with Juventus and Real Madrid, he played but not every game, not regularly, and he now has the right age to have this type of responsibility.
“He is a complete player, good technically, strong physically and he has a lot of room for improvement. Morata is 24 years old so there is the possibility to work with him for 10 years.
“During the training sessions he is very committed and his behaviour is always fantastic.
“He is a very polite player and I like this and also I like that he is a good finisher and he feels goals in every moment.
“He is very good at understanding which is the best position in the box to receive the ball and understanding where the ball is going.”
Chelsea return to Champions League action on Wednesday night when they travel to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid.
The Blues kicked off their European campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag in their Champions League opener earlier this month, after Chelsea missed out on a place in Europe altogether last season.