Alvaro Morata may still exchange texts, jokes and banter with old boss Jose Mourinho, but he sees him as his rival and is happy that he chose to move to London, not Manchester.
The Spain international claims he made the move from Madrid to Stamford Bridge despite having offers from Manchester United and explained that the motive behind his move was his new manager.
Antonio Conte may have been the main attraction in the move to Chelsea, but to sit top of the pecking order was certainly another deciding factor.
Morata said: “I came to Chelsea for Conte. For the first time in my career I feel like the number one striker in a team. This is what I needed.”
Having played second fiddle at Real Madrid, a £70million move to London gave the 24-year-old a fresh start.
He is, however, currently suffering with a goal drought and will be hoping that facing his foe at home may not lead to seven games without a goal.
Morata has made nine appearances for the Blues but his impressive start to the season was hampered by a hamstring injury.
Despite his side’s Champions League defeat to Roma, the Spanish striker is confident in Chelsea’s ability against Manchester United- who currently sit in second place with four more points than Chelsea.
He said: “It’s a good moment to demonstrate that we are a good team, that we have character and that we can play against Manchester United with a good performance.
“We always want to win but this match especially.”
Morata speaks highly of Mourinho, after all the special one was his first coach in professional football.
He remembers his time under the Portuguese manager fondly and said: “It’s wonderful playing with Mourinho and winning with Mourinho now it’s time to try and win with Antonio and it’s a wonderful opportunity.”
The striker may be on friendly terms with both managers, but the two top dogs have a mutual disliking of one another that can be traced back to their days in Italy.
The Chelsea striker, who came under fire for complaining about the cost of living in London despite his mammoth salary, will hope to show fans in the clash against United that his costly move to Stamford Bridge was worth it.