A Chelsea star, who had a promising start to life in London last season, has admitted he considered leaving the club after he was left out of his country's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
Alvaro Morata moved to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid for a fee of £60 million (R1.2 billion), then a club record fee for the Blues, in July last year.
The Spain international, who scored six goals in his first six Premier League matches, then picked up a mysterious back injury and thereafter saw his performances go downhill, which eventually led to him being dropped from his national team. He has now revealed that he considered a move away as a result.
"I don't hold a grudge against (then Spain manager Julen) Lopetegui. It was his opinion and I did not have my best season, either. I wish him the best and more so now that he's at Real Madrid," Morata said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"Yes, of course, I considered going back to Spain or Italy. But you can't always escape reality. I left here (Spain) in order to be at the World Cup, and I didn't go.
"Of course, it was my worst moment. When you start to play football and watch World Cups on TV, it's your biggest dream."
Morata has made 53 appearances for Chelsea so far, scoring 16 goals and assisting a further six strikes.
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