Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata, has said that the critics in England are, “killing” him.
Morata, who is the Blues most expensive player ever, made his competitive debut last Sunday as a 74th minute substitute in the Community Shield against Arsenal.
The former Real Madrid star, missed from 12 yards as the Gunners won 4-1 in the penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.
The initial fee for Morata is reported to be £58million and the 24-year-old feels the price tag is likely to bring extra criticism his way.
“I admit it’s a very important amount but I have the personality to play calmly and to stay on my path,” he told Marca.
“I’ve only had two pre-season games, 15 minutes officially and a missed penalty, and they’re already killing me, so I know what’s ahead.
“It’s the price you have to pay for such a big transfer. It’s something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day. I know that twice as many people are looking at me now.
“It’s been a long, strange summer, in which I’ve had to make decisions. I wasn’t fresh and I couldn’t train well. Now I have to adapt to a new team with an Italian coach who’s very tactical. But I’ve already adapted and I’m excited to play.”
Morata however admitted it has been challenging to adapt to Antonio Conte’s tactics.
“I have to understand Conte well. He asks me the opposite of what my previous coaches have asked me. I’ll play in different positions and in different systems of play,” he said.