- Alvaro Morata never wanted to leave Juventus to return to Real Madrid in 2016
- Madrid activated the player's buy-back clause to bring him back to the Santiago Bernabeu
- The striker says he prefers to live in Italy but his wife only wants to live in Spain
- Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer after spending two years in Italy
Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata reveals he never wanted to leave Juventus in 2016 but had to after Real Madrid activated their buy-back clause to sign him.
The 25-year-old spent two seasons with the Bianconeri, but the deal which saw him move to Turin from Madrid for €22 million in 2014 included a clause which allowed Los Blancos to sign him back for a fixed sum.
Real activated their clause in 2016, buying him back for a reported €30m in 2016, and the player helped the team win the Champions League and La Liga.
Morata however tells La Gazzetta dello Sport that he would still be a Juve player now if he had been given a choice.
"There were contractual agreements to respect, but the disappointment was enormous. I found myself right back where I had started," Morata said.
"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."
Morata also says he wants to live in Italy but his wife wants to live in Spain hence they agreed he should join Chelsea and live in London.
He said: "Do I miss Italy? A lot. My wife would prefer to live in Spain, but me I prefer Italy. I'm sure we can find a compromise."
Morata scored 15 goals in 26 appearances for Real before joining Chelsea this summer. Morata has scored six goals in nine Premier League games this season.