'Chelsea wanted me to stay' - Alvaro Morata Morata reflects on difficult time at Stamford Bridge
There was a heap of expectation on the Spaniard when he arrived at Stamford Bridge back in 2017 for a club-record fee.
Chelsea need a goalscorer, something they missed since the days of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa. But the curse of the no.9 shirt struck again, and the 27-year-old had a far from easy life in London following his move from Real Madrid.
An extremely fast start, nine goals in his first six months under Antonio Conte but from then on, it just got worse.
18 months after his big move to England, Alvaro Morata departed back to Spain to join Atletico Madrid on loan.
Morata spoke to Spanish radio El Partidazo revealing he stopped 'enjoying football' during his short spell in West London.
"I had stopped enjoying football but now I’m very happy at Atletico, I had stopped believing in myself,” Morata said.
"In England I had the sensation that at certain moments my team mates looked at me in a certain way, with the sensation that I was not going to do anything good.
"One day I got a small injury and played a few days later and had a horrible performance, I read messages on my phone telling me not to worry and I threw it against the wall and smashed it.
"I had never faced such a difficult situation, I told my wife we should go as far away as possible in January because I could not cope with this pressure," the 27-year-old added.
"I had six or seven important offers, Atletico came in for me, Chelsea wanted me to stay but I decided to do what I had wanted to do years before."
Alvaro Morata will join Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal on 1st July next summer after an agreement between the two clubs, and has revealed the club he wants to retire with.
"I have never been able to be in a place for many years. I’ve been in the best teams but I’ve never had continuity.
"When I was at Juventus, I knew in the middle of the season that they [Real Madrid] were going to buy me back, and things like that distract you. Now it depends on me and if I give my best, I will be here for many years. I would love to retire at the Atleti. I have five or six good years left."
For Chelsea, they don't miss the Spaniard. A transfer which didn't pay off, but a fee which was largely recouped. And now a forward, homegrown, who is scoring goals week in, week out at Stamford Bridge, destroying the curse of the no.9 shirt.