Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata has delivered a brutal snub to Arsene Wenger after failing to list the Frenchman in a list of managerial greats.
Morata has made a fine start to his Chelsea career after his £70m move from Real Madrid.
Chelsea take on Arsenal tomorrow and Morata has revealed how far Wenger’s standing in the game has fallen in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“Last week I saw a photograph from the FIFA coaches’ conference and as I scanned across, I’m thinking, ‘I’ve played under Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti, and Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid,’” Morata said.
“Then there was Max Allegri at Juventus. Now I am with Antonio Conte, who originally signed me for Juve. I am only missing a (Pep) Guardiola or a (Jurgen) Klopp!”
Though Morata’s thoughts may irk Wenger, the Frenchman is full of admiration for the forward.
Speaking to the Express last month, Wenger said of Chelsea, “They have added [Tiemoue] Bakayoko who is a very strong player. Similar to [Nemanja] Matic but more of an impact player.”
“They have replaced [Diego] Costa with Morata – maybe less of a goalscorer than Costa but he can create more.”
“I expect them to fight for the title.”