Spain and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has opened up on his time at Real Madrid in an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport.
He admitted it was a mistake to re-join the club where he signed his first professional contract in 2010, claiming Real Madrid ‘treated him like a kid’ during his initial spell at the club.
“There were contractual agreements to respect. The disappointment was huge: I went right back to the start,” said Morata on his decision to leave Juventus for Real Madrid in 2016.
“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 have never left Italy and Juve.”
While the Chelsea man might not feel as though the decision to return to Los Blancos was the right one, he nonetheless added a La Liga title, UEFA Champions League crown and a career-high goal tally to his resume.
It could even be argued that his final season at Real Madrid – where many were calling for him to replace French striker Karim Benzema in the starting line-up – was pivotal for him to earn the attention of Premier League giants such as Manchester United and, his eventual suitors, Chelsea.
Alvaro Morata will look to break his minor scoring drought in Chelsea’s trip to Roma in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.