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I Regret Leaving Juventus, Real Madrid Treated Me Like A Kid



Chelsea FC striker Alvaro Morata hit out at his former club, hammering the club’s attitude upon his return to the club as he believed he was for all intents and purposes compelled to restart his career before making a move to Stamford Bridge

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Roma on Tuesday, Alvaro Morata addressed ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ about living in Italy and his regret over his Juventus exit.

The 25-year-old spent two seasons with the Italian giants before Madrid set off a buyback clause in his contract to bring him back to the Bernabeu, where Morata struggled to break into the starting lineup.

“There were contractual agreements to respect. The disappointment was huge: I went right back to the start,” he said about his return to Spain.

“They [Real Madrid] treated me like the kid I was before the two seasons in Italy,” said Morata, who lifted two domestic doubles in his time in Turin. “I arrived [in Italy] feeling like a boy and I returned feeling like a true player. I should never have left Italy and Juve.”

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Spain international’s club-record £60 million move to Chelsea, but Morata admitted that Antonio Conte was also a determining factor. “Because it was a great coach like Antonio Conte. We started to talk about a possible signing in the last pre-season and in the end, I came to London, ” he said.

“I knew Conte and I’ve had no problems understanding his idea of football. I was really well received by my team-mates; we have a Spanish group with [Cesar] Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, [Cesc] Fabregas and Pedro, and they made things easier.”

He highlighted the differences that set Europe’s top competitions apart before confirming he longs to go back to Italy. “In Spain, the technique is dominant. In Italy, it’s tactics.  In England, the most relevant aspect is physical strength,”

“The most difficult is Italy: organised teams and very good defenders.”

“I really miss Italy. My wife would like to live in Spain; I’d like to live in Italy,” Morata concluded.

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