Alvaro Morata does not think it’s a major issue that some Atletico Madrid fans were against his return to the club, saying “not even Jesus Christ pleased everybody“.
Morata joined Diego Simeone’s side in January window transfer on an 18-month loan from Chelsea, where he had struggled hard to settle his feet in Premier League quicksand following a £57million move from Real Madrid.
It was his allegiances with city arch-rival Madrid that ignited upset from s number of Los Rojiblancos supporters, while others were disappointed that a deal for Morata was sought after as opposed to giving the club youngster, for example, Borja Garces the opportunity to break into Atletico first team.
There were chants with that impact heard in the home LaLiga match against Getafe only before Morata’s arrival, but the player says he has been made to feel welcome by the club.
“You can’t please everyone on every side. Not even Jesus Christ pleased everybody,” he told AS. “I’m very happy with my team-mates, with the club. They have received me very well and that’s something to appreciate. I want to show why I’m here and to continue growing.”
“The truth is I haven’t needed to adapt much, because there are people here who I knew. Now, I just want to win. I can’t stop thinking about winning. It’s difficult, but we want to do it.”
Morata spent the early part of his youth career with Atletico before joining Madrid after a season with the Azulones (Getafe). Breaking into Los Blancos first team were difficult to come by and he left to ply his trade abroad with Juventus in 2014 before returning to the Santiago Bernabeu after two successful seasons in Seria A.
Morata says it was during the 2015-16 campaign that he first spoke with Atleti boss Simeone and promised he would join the club in the future.
“To tell the truth, the first contact was three and a half years ago,” said the 26-year-old. “I gave him my word that as soon as I could, I would come. It wasn’t possible before. It wasn’t up to me. I gave my word.”