Former Spanish U21 international Alvaro Morata has explained to the Italian press why he opted to leave boyhood club Real Madrid in the summer.
The young striker found his opportunities limited at the Santiago Bernabeu and reportedly came close to joining Arsenal on loan during the January transfer window.
Despite missing out then, the Gunners were heavily linked with a move for the former Madrid star for the rest of last season with a number of reports claiming that a deal between the clubs had been reached.
Such a deal, however, never materialised and Morata instead decided try his hand in Italy as Serie A champions Juventus splashed out €20 million and tied him down to a five-year deal.
On making the move to Turin, Morata revealed to Sky Sports Italia yesterday that it was the desire to become mentally free which played a major role in his transfer.
“I wanted to be mentally free and to try a new adventure, that’s why I am here. I am glad Ancelotti said nice things about me," he said.
Morata’s Italian adventure has taken a while to get going, but the 21-year-old finally notched his first goal for the club as he added the gloss to a resounding 3-0 win at Atalanta.
“I am very happy for the win and for my first goal," he said. "I get along well with all of them and with the coach. It’s not easy to play in a new league. Llorente is helping me a lot, he is a great player and a nice person. He tells me how I should move on the pitch.”
Morata’s late strike was his 57th club goal over 139 appearances in all competitions so far in his short career.
His ability in front of goal is unquestionable, and only time will tell whether Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks back and sees him as a huge opportunity missed.