Joining Chelsea from Real Madrid like 'leaving home' for Morata

Alvaro Morata feels like he is "leaving home" after
joining Premier League champions Chelsea from
Real Madrid for a reported club-record fee of
Morata scored 15 LaLiga goals as Madrid won the
title last season, but he only started 14 league
matches and was on the bench for the Champions
League final victory over Juventus, coming on in
the last minute of the 4-1 win.
A product of the capital club's youth academy,
Morata spent two successful seasons at
Juve before Madrid exercised a buyback clause to
return him to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Although he insists it was his decision to leave for
Stamford Bridge, the 24-year-old concedes that it
is difficult to be moving on after just one more year
in Spain.
"Today is a special day, different…" Morata wrote
on Twitter. "There are many things I would like to
say now, there are many feelings, many memories
that now gather in my head.
"Today my second spell at Real Madrid finishes,
today a new phase of my career begins. I'm sure
that some will not understand my decision, others
will certainly not support it... but in the end that's
what it is, my decision. A decision well thought
through and considered.
"I'm leaving home, because that's how I feel at
Real Madrid. I'm going with the clear conscience of
someone who gave everything in every training
session, in every minute in which I was lucky
enough to wear the shirt, with the calm of having
been important in an amazing year in which we
lifted four trophies, a year that I'm sure neither you
nor I will ever forget..."

Morata is confident he has become a better player
over the past year and paid tribute to his former
coaches and team-mates for their successful
season, with Madrid having won the Champions
League, LaLiga, the Club World Cup and the UEFA
Super Cup in 2016-17.
"I only have words of thanks for Real Madrid. I'm
the player that I am now thanks to this club," the
striker continued. "I want to make the most of
these lines of my farewell, which cannot be done in
any other way, in order to say thank you: thank you
to the president for having understood my vision,
for understanding that I've made a decision and for
respecting it.
"Thank you also to the coaching staff for
everything they have helped me and supported me
with, I am a better player than a year ago and it's
thanks to them. Thank you also to my team-mates,
with whom I shared an amazing season.

you to each and every one of the employees of the
club who worked hard every day to make life easier
for the players.
"And thank you, of course, to the fans, because
since my return you have made me feel loved and
valued, because you've always been there, from my
presentation until the last night at Cibeles... Lastly,
and most importantly, thank you to my wife, thank
you to my family, to my agent and my friends, who
are always there and never let you down."

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