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Real Madrid: Morata regrets leaving Atletico's youth system

The Atlético and Spain striker has spoken of his love for his current club and said he would have preferred not to move to Real Madrid as a youngster.

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Alvaro Morata harbours regrets over leaving Atletico's youth system

Atlético Madrid and Spain striker Álvaro Morata has said he regrets at leaving the Rojiblanco's academy when he was coming through the youth ranks. Morata was a boyhood Atleti fan but left for Getafe in 2007 before joining Real Madrid a year later.

In two spells with Los Blancos, Morata won two LaLiga titles, two Copas del Rey and two Champions League medals.

Between those stints, Morata collected two Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia crowns with Juventus and went on to endure an indifferent spell with Chelsea before re-joining Atleti in January 2019.

Spain striker Morata says he is now happier than at any other point of his career.

Morata: "Ramos is tough but Van Dijk is a mountain"

"When I was a kid, I was a ballboy at Atlético," Morata said during an Instagram Live video with tennis player Fabio Fognini.

"Then I went through a period where I didn't enjoy it so much. You know, it's the path a young kid goes down to be a professional. You start with agents, sponsors. I felt a lot of pressure, I wasn't starting games.

"I thought about leaving. Then I spent a year at Getafe and, you know what, it was an amazing year.

"Then I went to Real Madrid, but my dad and I used to go to the [Vicente] Calderon and I dreamed of playing there.

"However, unfortunately, I had to play there for other clubs and not with Atlético, but I always wanted to. What I have lived stays, but now I am happier than ever."

Morata also spoke about the toughest defenders he has faced in his career.

"[Giorgio] Chiellini, I don't know if he does it on purpose, but when he meets me, he always destroys me," Morata said with a laugh.

"Sergio Ramos is also a tough defender, while when you go against [Virgil] Van Dijk it seems like you hit a mountain."