Alvaro Morata was close to depression. The Juventus striker has revealed that he came close to suffering from depression during his time at Chelsea.
“I’ve never had depression and I hope I never do, but I came close,” Morata told El Mundo. “I don’t believe it is given the importance that it should.”
“When your head doesn’t work well, you are your worst enemy. During those times, it doesn’t matter what you do, you are always fighting against yourself. Depression is an illness just like breaking your ankle,” he finished.
Looking back on his time with Chelsea, Morata has thus acknowledged that he has mental health issues.
He even went so far as to claim that if he had seen a sports psychologist during his first season at Stamford Bridge, he would have done well.
In 2017, the striker joined the Blues for a then-club-record £58 million fee from Real Madrid, but struggled in the Premier League and left for Atletico Madrid 18 months later after scoring 24 goals in 72 appearances.