"Unfortunately I had to play for others": Morata takes dig at Chelsea and Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata said “unfortunately” he had to play for Real Madrid and Chelsea before returning to his boyhood club.
The 27-year-old was not exactly a fan favourite during his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
After losing Diego Costa, Chelsea direly needed a prolific number nine, and Morata’s transfer was highly anticipated by the fans.
Having scored just 24 goals in 72 appearances for the west London outfit, Morata was deemed a disappointing signing especially considering the reported £60million Chelsea paid for him in 2017.
Morata spent six months on loan at Atletico Madrid before making the permanent move last summer for a reported fee of £56m.
It was not a bad deal for either’s standpoint. Chelsea regained most of their money back and Morata could play for his boyhood club.
But Morata has recently made a statement that would upset the Chelsea fans.
Speaking to tennis player Fognini in an Instagram Live, Morata said (as quoted by the Sun): “When I was little, I was an Atleti ball boy. There came a time when I stopped enjoying playing with my friends.
“I went to Getafe for a year, a very nice year, and then to Real Madrid. But I, with my father, went to the Calderón and I dreamed of playing there.
“Unfortunately, I had to play with other jerseys and not with Atleti’s, but I was always from Atleti. What I have lived stays, but now I am happier than ever.”
It has not been the first time Morata spoke ill of his stint at Chelsea.
In June last year, Morata told Goal that “did not quite feel loved and appreciated by the club or fans” and admitted he “had a very bad time in London”.
Strangely, he even accused his former Chelsea teammates except for the Spaniards refused to pass to him during games.
Perhaps he is still angry that Chelsea’s Twitter account insinuated that his departure was good news?
Thank you and good luck, @AlvaroMorata. 👊
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 6, 2019