Alvaro Morata, a Chelsea striker, has admitted that he regretted leaving Juventus for Real Madrid. The 25-year-old Spaniard said he had it going in the Serie A with Juve before Madrid activated his 30 million euro buy-back clause in 2016. He said playing at the Spanish club was like taking a step backward in his career, saying he was treated like an upcoming player at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Morata, who has scored six times for the Blues in 10 appearances, said he misses playing for Juventus, where he won two Scudetto and played in the finals of the Champions League.
“There were contractual agreements to respect. The disappointment was huge: I went right back to the start.
“They treated me like the kid I was before the two seasons in Italy.
“I arrived [in Italy] feeling like a boy and I returned feeling like a true player. I should never have left Italy and Juve.
“I really miss Italy. My wife would like to live in Spain; I’d like to live in Italy,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
He also praised the Serie A as the toughest league he has played in citing the teams’ tactical and defensive strengths as reasons.
“In Spain, technique is dominant. In Italy, it’s tactics. In England, the most relevant aspect is physical strength,” he said.
“The most difficult is Italy: organised teams and very good defenders.”
Morata also said he joined Chelsea because he was interested in reuniting with Antonio Conte, his coach at Juventus. He also said the Spanish players, Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas made his decision an easy one.