Alvaro Morata has revealed he thought about moving on from Chelsea in the last transfer window following a dip in form in the second half of the 2017-2018 campaign.
Morata had just secured a move to the Blues last year after having gotten disappointed with a lack of significant minutes on the pitch at Real Madrid in the 2016-2017 season. The former Juventus forward wanted to strengthen his claim for a spot at the Spain national squad for the 2018 World Cup and Morata had an encouraging start at Stamford Bridge, scoring seven goals in his first seven games for the club.
However, his form tailed off with just three goals in 23 appearances for the Blues after Christmas that saw him miss out on a place in Julen Lopetegui’s La Roja squad for the World Cup. “Last year I wasn’t happy. I started well but at the end it was a disaster,” said Morata, who went on to reveal that he considered returning to a club who played in any of the two countries where he has previously played – Spain or Italy.
“I went out to the pitch and did even not know where I was. I considered returning to Spain or Italy. But you can’t always escape reality, I left Spain to earn a place at the World Cup and I did not go. It was hard. I’m going to do everything I can to go to the next one, it was a difficult time because I expected to go. I didn’t have the best season. The boss took a decision. I don’t resent [Julen] Lopetegui, I wish him all the best at Real Madrid.”
Having missed the tournament in Russia, Morata was able to enjoy a full pre-season with Chelsea under new head coach Maurizio Sarri and he has reaped its rewards as the 25-year-old was called up to Luis Enrique’s La Roja squad who face England and Croatia in the upcoming international break. The Blues forward, whose last call-up was in November 2017, has admitted it was an anxious affair returning the La Roja squad.
“I feel like it’s the first time, I was nervous yesterday, I arrived an hour and a half early,” Morata added. “Luis Enrique tells us that he wants Spain to win again and that everyone knows who Spain are. “There are times when I stopped appreciating coming here. You do not think about every match you play with the Spanish national team until you have to watch the matches from home.”