Chelsea star striker Alvaro Morata has had to publicly come out and re-pledge his desire to play for the club after appearing to say he wants to go back to Italy and finds living in London “too much stress”.

The Spanish international, who had previously spent two seasons in Italy with Juventus, was signed by the Blues in the summer from Real Madrid for a club-record £58m.

After Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, Morata held an interview with major Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport. In it he was asked about living in the English capital city and seemed to infer that he did not see himself “living in London very long”. He also said he found London “too big, too much stress, too much of a metropolis”.

Obviously the words have caused quite a stir in West London forcing Morata to explain exactly what he meant in a press conference before their Champions League group clash with Roma.

“If Chelsea proposed me ten years I’d probably sign that too. I’m happy with this club, in this city, with everything in London. I really like London and probably, if I make good and improve, probably I can stay here more than five years. But I need to score many goals otherwise Chelsea will buy another player. Its normal.” he said in a passionate defence of how he sees his future at Stamford Bridge

Morata has had a dream start to life at the Premier League champions scoring seven goals in his first seven games. This included the memorable winner at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League group game.

A thigh injury gained after that game kept him out for a couple of games and disrupted his momentum. He has failed to score since that historic night in Madrid and will want to get back to scoring goals as soon as possible.