Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has revealed his bad state of mental health while at Chelsea in a recent interview.
The Spanish striker admitted that he almost “came close” to suffering depression during his difficult spell at Chelsea.
Chelsea paid a whooping £58million to land Morata from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 but the striker failed to live up to expectations.
Morata only managed 24 goals in 72 appearances for Chelsea before he left for Atletico in January 2019.
While speaking in an interview with El Mundo, Morata said: “I’ve never had depression and I hope I never do, but I came close, 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.”
Morata further revealed that he started seeing a psychologist during his second season at Chelsea.
“Just as we train in the gym or on the pitch to improve our technique and our tactical abilities, I believe the mind is something you also have to train, You have to be ready and that [seeing a psychologist] helps you a lot.” He said.
“Even for my generation, in recent years, it wasn’t seen as something normal to see a psychologist – but inevitably, it has to be something normal. Today it is more common and there will be a day when it will be compulsory. There are people that go through difficult times.” He concluded.