Spain striker Álvaro Morata has posted a heartfelt goodbye letter on social media after completing an 80m-euro summer move from Real Madrid to Chelsea.
Morata, who becomes the most expensive Spanish footballer of all time, was unveiled by the Premier League champions on Friday after passing a medical and signing a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Morata's (second) goodbye to Real Madrid:
Today is a special, different day... Right now I have so many things to say, so many feelings, so many memories running through my head... Today, my second spell at Real Madrid comes to an end, today a new challenge in my career begins. I'm sure that some won't understand my decision, others I'm sure won't support it... But in the end, that's what it is: my decision. A decision that I've thought long and hard about.
I'm leaving my home; that's how I feel about Real Madrid. I leave with the clear conscience of someone who gave everything in every training session, and in every minute that I was lucky enough to wear that shirt. With the peace of mind of having been important in an incredible year in which we lifted four trophies, a year that I'm sure neither you nor I will ever forget...
I only have words of gratitude for Real Madrid. I'm the player that I am thanks to this club. I want to take the opportunity provided by this farewell note to say thank you - it couldn't be any other way. Thank you to the president for understanding my point of view, for understanding that I've made a decision and for respecting it. Thank you to the coaching staff for all that they've helped and supported me; I'm a better player today than a year ago and it's thanks to them. Thank you also to my team-mates, who I have shared an incredible season with. Thank you to each and every one of the club employees who work hard day in, day out to make life easier for us players. And thank you, of course, to the fans, because from the moment I returned you made me feel loved and valued, because you were always there for me, from the day of my unveiling to the final night at Cibeles... Finally, and most importantly, thank you to my wife, thank you to my family, to my agent and my friends, those who are always there and never let me down.
Morata: "Come on Chelsea!"
In addition to bidding Los Blancos farewell, the Real youth product also spoke his first words - in English - as a Chelsea player, in this short video message:
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