Real Madrid new boy Alvaro Morata claims he is that much of a team player that “I’d be playing tennis or chess” if he was not.
Morata’s return to Madrid from Juventus was finally publicised on Monday, despite his €30m buyback clause being activated two months ago, and he insists he will give everything he possibly can to “the best team in the world”.
“It’s been a very tranquil summer. I knew I’d go back to Real Madrid,” the striker said.
“The club have put a lot of faith in me, along with the Coach and rest of the team.
“[On Madrid’s canteranos], it’s clear that they are at the best team in the world.
“The cantera works and I keep telling them to fight for their dreams. There are many home-grown players in the dressing room.
“We go to dinner together and make plans together. Isco, Nacho [Fernandez], [Dani] Carvajal, myself … we all understand each other.
“The Coach is the one that decides [whether I play]. Clearly I’d like to play every Sunday and I’ll make it difficult [for Zinedine Zidane].
“I’ve spoken to Zidane and he’s given me confidence. The ‘BBC’ are from another world. If I only thought about myself, I’d be playing tennis or chess.
“I’d love to win it all this season. I think I’m at the best club in the world and hopefully I can win many more trophies here.
“I come here with the motivation of scoring important goals. I’d give anything to score a goal for Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
“My welcome has been the best. From the first day, [my teammates] were cracking jokes with me and took care of me. It couldn’t have gone any better.”