Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Atletico Madrid, has called out Maurizio Sarri for misleading him.
Morata struggled for starts under Sarri before joining Atletico Madrid on loan in January and he believes Sarri was not being entirely truthful to him when he was at the club.
Morata also accused Chelsea fans of not respecting him.
“Now, signing for Atletico has been the best thing that could happen to me in my life,” Morata told Goal.
“I had a very bad time in London. In the end I was training alone. I talked to Maurizio Sarri and he told me some things that I knew were not going to be as he had said. I was very nervous.
“It’s a story I’d like to tell very slowly in the future. I went from being tied on the same amount of goals as [Mohamed] Salah and [Harry] Kane at the start of the first year, and people made a song about me, I could not even go out in London! And one day I get up with a shooting pain in my back, my level goes down, and they start telling me everything [referring to criticism about him] in England. You are supposed to be respected by fans, but you know…”
“I think in the end it was destiny [moving back to Atletico]. I left Atletico, and every so often I had the opportunity to return, although not so often when I was younger. When you have a bad time in a place, you don’t have that chance often [to return].
“It motivated me a lot that Simeone called me, no matter the club I was at, and told me that I could be important in Atletico. The people have welcomed me warmly here, even in the difficult situation that it was. The squad and the club staff have changed my life.”
Morata also accused his Chelsea teammates, except the Spaniards, of not passing the ball to him.
Morata added: “As I arrive at the training centre [at Atletico], you can see in people’s faces when they trust you. When you are in the dressing room ahead a game, you see how your team-mates look at you.
“At Chelsea there came a time when my team-mates, except for the Spaniards, well… you know, it is not the same when you play and you know that you give a pass to someone who is not going to do as well. You do not give the pass in the same way. Everyone who has played football once will understand that.
“And in the end, it is a situation that you cannot control: it is neither about being positive or negative, or about trying to have fun or being worried. It’s the confidence that others have in you: your team-mates, the club… And I found it here at Atletico.
“I want to stay at Atletico but, contractually, Chelsea can call me back. We will see what happens in the negotiations between them, but the two clubs already know what I want. I only ask, please, as I said to Atletico, do everything possible to do it as soon as possible. Because I just want to be here.”