The latest edition of Chelsea, a festive special which is on sale now, features an exclusive interview with striker Alvaro Morata
The magazine also hears from our former defender Joe McLaughlin as well as snooker star, and huge Chelsea supporter, Jimmy White.
Morata, a summer signing from Real Madrid, was quick to show his quality, with the 25-year-old scoring and providing an assist on his debut.
So far, he has scored 10 goals this season, six of which have come with his head, including a brilliant winner in last month’s game against Manchester United.
The sight of Morata scoring having been teed up by Cesar Azpilicueta has become a familiar one this season, with the Spanish duo linking up for four of our goals, and in the latest edition of the club’s official magazine the striker discusses their relationship on and off the pitch.
‘When you have a good understanding away from the training ground and outside of football, like we do, it helps a lot,’ Morata tells Chelsea. ‘I like to go to lunch or dinner, or to joke with Azpi, and he’s a very good person.
‘Azpi’s made my life here easier and helped me with everything: with cars, with an apartment and everything. We have a very good connection because I believe always in Azpi, and Azpi believes always in me.’
As ever, it’s a busy schedule over the Christmas period for the Blues, as the games continue to come thick and fast.
Having previously experienced spells in both Spain and Italy, two countries which enjoy a winter break, playing all the way through Christmas and the New Year will be a different experience for Morata, but one he is looking forward to.
‘I understand it’s an incredible thing, and if, when I was little, there had been games around Christmas, like on Boxing Day, I would have loved it. It’s great for the children and I really hope to score many goals for them this Christmas, and to help Chelsea in the Premier League.
‘I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for all the family to stay together and come to Stamford Bridge for the game. Probably this year, my family will come here – my parents and my brothers – and we will all spend time together.’
He also explains why the festive period is so special for the Morata family, as well as recalling a typical family Christmas from his younger years.
‘The 24th of December is the birthday of my father,’ he says, ‘so when I was a boy we would have dinner all together on the 24th and the 25th, because we would have his birthday and then Christmas the next day.
‘We have a very big family and we would spend time all together in my uncle’s house, because it’s very big, and there would be more-or-less 60 of us.
‘We celebrated with presents – Santa Claus came to our house every year and gave us the presents! We really enjoyed it. We sang a lot of Christmas songs and did the classic things when you are a child.’