Atletico Madrid wanted me after leaving West Ham, claims controversial winger Ravel Morrison

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Ravel Morrison says he was inundated with interest after his release from West Ham.

Ravel Morrison has told The Sun he was indundated with interest after leaving West Ham last season.

The former England under-21 international signed for Italian side Lazio, and is convinced he made the right move.

He impressed in pre-season for the Rome-based side, but has been sidelined with injury since and is awaiting his first start.

Morrison reeled off many of Europe's top sides who were interested in his signature, including 2013/14 La Liga title winners and Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid.

He said: "Fiorentina, Napoli, Sporting Lisbon, AC Milan, Real Betis and Atletico Madrid were all interested and talking to my agent.

"It makes me laugh when I hear some people saying I’ve made a backward step coming here. Lazio is actually, with no disrespect intended at all, arguably a bigger club than West Ham."

Morrison has a reputation as one of England's brightest talents, harking back to his days in Manchester United's youth team, playing alongside Paul Pogba.

He was sold by Sir Alex Ferguson who lost patience with him, and he eventually outstayed his welcome at West Ham, falling out of favour with Sam Allardyce.

A move abroad was his only viable shot to land with a big name club, and despite being starved of success in recent years, Lazio are just that, drawing in average crowds of 35,000, placing them in the top five best attended sides in Italy.

The attacking midfielder clearly has real talent, and to see him waste it would be a travesty, and if he can become a success abroad, it would not be too long before calls for Roy Hodgson to consider him for England would follow.

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