By 90Min
October 30, 2017

Álvaro Morata has revealed that he would still be plying his trade in the top tier of Italian football had it not been for Real Madrid's decision to insert a buy-back clause into his contract with Juventus, as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Spaniard moved to Turin in 2014 for £18m after playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema for a number of years. Following two successful seasons with the Bianconeri, where he scored 27 goals in 93 appearances, the in-demand Morata was forced back to the Spanish capital for just £27m.

The striker had attracted a lot of interest from across Europe during his time in Italy and Madrid's decision to bring Morata back to the Santiago Bernabéu appeared to purely be a financial one.

Morata was eventually shipped off to Chelsea for £55m and since his arrival in the Premier League, the 25-year-old has shown why the biggest clubs in the world had been scouting him for a number of years.

"There were contractual agreements to respect, but the disappointment was enormous - I found myself right back where I had started," Morata claimed. "They treated me like the lad that I was before my two years in Italy.

"My two years at Juve were fantastic. I was just a lad when I arrived and I was a real footballer when I left. For a Spaniard, Italy is the best place to live. You've got all the beauty, history, art, good food and fashion.

"I would never have left Italy and Juve."

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