Alvaro Morata has revealed he enjoyed his second stint at Real Madrid but moved to Chelsea as he wanted ‘to escape a comfort zone’.
The Spain international joined the English champions this summer after spending only one season at the Bernabeu, where he returned in 2016 after spending two seasons at Juventus.
“Zidane wanted me to stay and I was happy in Madrid,” Morata told the Daily Mail.
“But I couldn’t stay to be a substitute. You reach a point that you need to play, to grow up, to escape a comfort zone.
“It’s about being comfortable. I don’t want that. I am ambitious and hungry to succeed.
“For Spain, the more I play, the more goals I score, the more chance I have of making the World Cup and starting games.
“When I first came, I felt a lot of pressure. The price tag is a big deal. I missed an important penalty in the Community Shield. I knew straight away I would need to grit my teeth and that there would be a load of criticism.
“It only made me more determined to prove any critics wrong and work harder than ever before.”