Chelsea striker Morata set to welcome new arrival

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The Spain international striker has announced that he is to become a father, with the news providing a fitting end to what has been a memorable 2017

Alvaro Morata has enjoyed 2017, with a Champions League win and £70 million move to Chelsea now complemented by the news that he is to become a father.

The Spaniard has announced on Instagram that his wife Alice Campello is expecting their first child.

Morata posted a picture of himself kissing Campello’s stomach with the message: “The first time I saw you I knew you were going to be the mother of my children and I am sure that you will be the most beautiful and sweet and good mom. I can not love you any more!”

Campello then posted her own tribute to her husband, saying: “You are my happiness, the best husband I could wish for. You are my refuge, my home, my joy, my family. And I am sure you will be the best dad that exists. I love you that my heart breaks.”

Morata and Campello got married in June at a star-studded ceremony in Venice.

The 25-year-old was still a Real Madrid player at that time, having ended the 2016-17 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu with a Champions League victory over Juventus in Cardiff.

He also helped the Blancos to the La Liga title as they completed a famous double, but a lack of regular game time led to him looking for a move elsewhere.

Chelsea quickly put a deal in place, having taken the decision to freeze Diego Costa out of their plans, and Morata was heading to the Premier League.

He has enjoyed a productive start to life at Stamford Bridge, netting 10 times in 22 appearances so far.

Morata has also provided four assists to grateful team-mates, with Antonio Conte having found a suitable successor to Costa as Chelsea set about another trophy hunt at home and abroad.

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The Blues will, however, be without their leading marksman in their next outing against Huddersfield.

Morata is nursing a slight knock and will not be risked at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday.

Conte said: “Morata is out, because he's a bit tired and there is a problem in his back. He is out.”

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