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."