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Alvaro Morata: ‘This is why I had to leave Real Madrid

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The new Chelsea signing said he was fed up of being a substitute at Real Madrid.

Morata was the Real’s second leading goalscorer last campaign, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, however, he still found himself playing a back-up role to No.9 Karim Benzema.

He only managed to get just 19 starts in all competitions so the promise of much more regular football at Chelsea appealed.

Real head coach Zinedine Zidane attempted to persuade Morata to stay at the club.

But the 24-year-old’s ambition to spearhead Spain’s attack at next summer’s World Cup motivated his move to Stamford Bridge.

“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.”

Morata has started life at Chelsea with a bang, scoring three league goals in four appearances.

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