Chelsea boss Antonio Conte heaps praise on new signing Alvaro Morata after claiming assist on debut

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Alvaro Morata set up Chelsea's second goal against Bayern Munich in Singapore (Source: Getty)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hailed the performance of striker Alvaro Morata after the club-record signing made his debut in Tuesday's 3-2 friendly defeat to Bayern Munich in Singapore.

Morata, who joined the Blues from Real Madrid for an initial £58m which could rise to £70m, made an instant impact for his new team after being introduced as a 63rd-minute substitute.

The 24-year-old former Juventus hitman set up Chelsea’s second goal, scored by fellow frontman Michy Batshuayi, although could not prevent the Stamford Bridge outfit slipping to an International Champions Cup loss.

“It’s too early to speak about the impact of Morata,” said Conte. “He has only been with us for two days and he needs time to work and find his feet and to understand our way of playing.

“But he showed a will to win, to fight and adapt to our style of play. For us, he’s a good buy. We need to give him time to adapt, but we must be pleased with his performance today.”

Bayern raced into a three-goal lead at the National Stadium through strikes from Rafinha and a double from Thomas Muller before Marcos Alonso and then Batshuayi replied for the Premier League champions.

Chelsea had earlier sent winger Kenedy home from their tour following the social media comments he made about China last week, for which he was accused of xenophobia and racism. Both Chelsea and Kenedy have since apologised.

“It’s a pity because the player was sorry about this situation” added Conte. “It’s a difficult situation for the club and this is why we made this decision. The player understood his mistake and is sorry for what happened. Now, we must go on.”

Chelsea forward Izzy Brown, meanwhile, has joined top-flight newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion on a season-long loan deal.

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