Morata: I had no relationship with Ancelotti at Real Madrid

The Spain striker has revealed his frustration at remaining on the bench without explanation last season and hopes to now make the most his call-up to the national team


Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has lambasted Carlo Ancelotti for his treatment at Real Madrid last season.

The 22-year-old left the Santiago Bernabeu last summer after becoming frustrated with a lack of minutes in Spain and pins his departure to Serie A on his relationship with Ancelotti.

“I do not understand what happened – I went from playing well to being sat on the bench,” Morata told Onda Cero. “I wasn’t asking to be in every starting line-up, but I wanted better treatment.

“I barely had any relationship with Ancelotti. Massimiliano Allegri, for better or worse, is very aware of my presence within the squad.”

After a slow start to his Juventus career broken up by injury, Morata is now making his mark for Allegri’s side and has earned a call-up to the latest Spain squad – which he revealed was one of his primary reasons for leaving Madrid.

“I appreciate the recognition from Spain now that I’ve left the country,” the forward added. “When one packs up from their homeland they mature in every way.

“When I left Madrid, one of my main aims was to get into the national team and some people thought I was crazy.

“Being here with the Spain squad is just unbelievable. In the past I was celebrating the success of la Roja and now I’m playing with them.

“I’ve been dreaming about scoring my first goal for my country but it’s not an obsession.”

Morata has played twice for his country’s senior team, having made his debut last November, and could play a part in their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine on Friday.

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