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Álvaro Morata, Chelsea’s new Mr Nice, wants to be Antonio Conte’s beast

The £65m signing from Real Madrid has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League but once lacked the nastiness to be a top-class striker

Álvaro Morata is very nice. A buenaco (roughly, a lovely bloke), in the words of Diego Mariño, who played with him for Spain’s European Under-21 champions in 2013. There is, Mariño says, “no malice” to Chelsea’s new striker and talking to those who know him, the fondness is clear, almost overwhelming – even if Fernando Pacheco, a team-mate in the youth system at Real Madrid and for Spain, says he’s a “pain in the arse” …read more

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