The forward joined the Blues from Real Madrid in a then-club-record £58 million contract in 2017, but struggled in the Premier League and leaving for Atletico Madrid 18 months later after scoring 24 goals in 72 appearances.
Morata has acknowledged that he struggled with his mental health through his time at Chelsea.
Alvaro Morata, the Juventus striker, has revealed that he was on the verge of depression during his time at Chelsea, claiming that if he had seen a sports psychologist, he would have done well in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
“IF YOUR MIND ISN’T WORKING WELL, YOU’RE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY.” IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU DO AT THOSE TIMES; YOU’RE STILL FIGHTING AGAINST YOURSELF. DEPRESSION IS A DISEASE, MUCH LIKE A BROKEN FOOT.”
During his second season in England, the 28-year-old started seeing a doctor, and he believes that access to mental health care should be the rule.
“I NEVER HAD DEPRESSION, AND I PRAY I NEVER DO,” MORATA TOLD EL MUNDO. “I DON’T THINK IT RECEIVES THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES.”
“Just as we practise in the gym or on the field to develop our technique and tactical skills, I think you will have to train your mind,”
Morata said. “You must be prepared, and this (seeing a psychologist) will greatly assist you.
“Even for my age, seeing a counsellor was not seen as usual in recent years – but it has to be normal eventually. Today, it is more popular, and there will come a day when it will be mandatory. There are families who are going through a tough time.
“I BELIEVE IT WOULD HAVE WENT WELL FOR ME IF I HAD HAD A SPECIALIST NEXT TO ME DURING MY (FIRST SEASON) AT CHELSEA.”