Former Real Madrid superstar admits he could make stunning €82m return to Bernabeu
What's the story?
Real Madrid have been suffering massively in the opening stages of this season and Barcelona have opened up an eight-point gap at the top of the table. Many claim that a large part of this is the goings on in the transfer market, as they claim that Madrid have not been able to replace the players they have let go.
It's one such player, Alvaro Morata, who has admitted he'd like to go back - "Of course I would go back [to Real Madrid]. After winning everything with Chelsea and making a great career here... well, why not? It's very difficult to say 'no' to Real Madrid for a Real Madrid fan like me."
Morata has been in the news recently talking about Madrid and claiming his comments on them about being treated like a kid and regrets on leaving Juventus were misinterpreted by the journalist but these comments made to El Laguero - the radio station Cadena Ser - leave no space for that as he is heard speaking
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Fear not, though, Chelsea fans - he was also insistent that he's loving life in London:
"But I don't believe it can happen, honestly, but who knows. I don't think about it because I'm very happy in London...
The heart of the matter
He did, however, go on to speak about Madrid in detail and outlined the reasons for him leaving: "I prefer that they [Madrid] miss me more as a person than as a player. I think they have a good team, Madrid [as a club] is always more important than each player. I appreciate that he told me to stay after returning from Juve. We won La Liga and the Champions League - great titles. I told him I had to fight for my future."
"I played many matches but [only] in the Champions League qualifiers, for 10 minutes. I wanted to leave to be more important. Like next year if I'm doing badly, and I hope not, Chelsea could sell me and I would have to go to a smaller team."
Having bought him for €62 million, it's unlikely that Chelsea would let go of him that easily - and even if Real Madrid wanted their man back, it's likely they will have to shell out at least a good €20 million more to get him.
"The easy thing would have been to stay, comfortable [in Madrid] and without the pressure to be a starter. I wish I could have stayed, I did not have a bad time last year as has been said, but I did not play against any top team. I told Zinedine Zidane and he understood me, I am very grateful."
Here's how Morata's been faring in England...
...yeah, he CAN do it on a blustery night in Stoke, ye pundits!
He'd love to return to Madrid where he was loved by all -
- but it seems particularly unwise to continue showing overt affection to your former club... especially after his comments earlier on life in London. Sure, he probably made this comments to explain away his earlier remarks, but Alvaro... sometimes silence really is the best policy.