Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata says he quit Real Madrid in order to play regularly.

Morata, speaking with Marca, says the decision was an easy one to make.

He revealed: “In the end the only decisive factor is that I needed something that Real Madrid could not give me and that I would not be able to have, that was playing every Sunday, for right or wrong.

“Now I have been three games away from the best physical form and I have continued playing. It is what I needed. Real Madrid is Real Madrid and any player wants to be in Real Madrid.

“Why I wanted to leave Real Madrid? I needed to play. Nothing else. It has been said that I did not want to fight. I have fought all my life to play for being in Real Madrid, for trying to be in the starting lineup. All my life, but I needed to play and at Chelsea I found what I needed.”

Morata was also asked about his relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane.

“He told me: ‘Alvaro, I understand that if you want to play and have continuity, I see it logical that you leave’.

“He told me that if I wanted to stay, I would stay, but also that there were many options in attack. I decided that it was best to leave because there was a World Cup ahead and I wanted to be in it. I want to be important for Spain and for that I had to have a continuity – and that is what I am having.”

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