Morata Pleased to Be Back at Atleti after Juventus Stay

Alvaro Morata is faring well in his return to Atletico Madrid after spending the past two seasons in Juventus. The Spaniard confirmed that he could have joined Barcelona last January, but Massimiliano Allegri reeled him in. He spoke to Cadena Ser program El Larguero (via DAZN).

“It’s true, Xavi called me and we discussed a lot of things, not just football. It made me feel good and I liked it. Near the end of the winter, I received four of five interesting proposals. However, my coach was very clear. He wanted me to stay and feature next to Dusan Vlahovic, so he nixed every offer. I played as a left winger and proved I could do that too, even though it was a sacrifice for me.”

Morata stated that he knew beforehand that he wouldn’t stay at Juventus and that a return to Atletico Madrid was in the cards.

“Coming back here was always a possibility for me. I stayed in touch with my teammates and followed matches. There are few places like this one, and I feel very luck. I realized I would head back to Madrid midway through last season. I told it to my wife, but he didn’t believe me at the time. I feel home here and I would like to win something with these colors.”

During the summer, Juventus declined to activate their €35M option to permanently sign Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid. Their attempts to renegotiate the terms were in vain. Afterward, they signed Filip Kostic to man the left flank and Arkadiusz Milik to join Dusan Vlahovic up front.

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