Real Madrid selling Alvaro Morata didn’t seem a great idea at the time, regret isn’t only fuelled through hindsight.

The club’s closest media questioned the potential transfer repeatedly, and despite Morata joining Chelsea for a big fee, it certainly wasn’t a joyous occasion in Madrid.

Morata had pushed for the move himself, wanting to move somewhere he’d be more prominent, but Madrid have been left short, and it seems this season could have been the striker’s big breakthrough to a main starter.

The struggles of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have come at the same time Morata continues playing well for Chelsea, so everything becomes magnified. When Tottenham took a draw away from the Bernabeu in the Champions League, Spanish newspaper AS filmed a string of fans outside the stadium, who were mainly furious about no longer having the Morata option.

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Speaking to the Spanish media on Monday, in quotes carried by Marca, Morata has been asked about Real Madrid missing him: “I don’t know if they miss me or not and it’s a pleasure to hear it, but I wish they didn’t have to say it because that would mean things are going well.”

As he often does, Morata had positive words for Antonio Conte: “He makes you grow always, because you can’t get comfortable or look for a comfort zone, he wants everyone to do their best.”

Real Madrid fans would rather the Chelsea striker was doing his best for the Spanish club instead.