Alvaro Morata wants to end Juventus’ lengthy quest for Champions League success after completing a “dream” return to Turin.
On an initial one-year loan contract from Atletico Madrid, the Spanish striker is back with Juve, with the Serie A club having an option to purchase Morata for EUR 45 million or pay a further EUR 10 million to loan him for a second campaign.
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One of Morata ‘s key ambitions is to achieve European success with Juventus-who last won the Champions League in 1996.
“Juve took a punt on me when I was younger and coming back was a dream of mine,” he told reporters at his presentation.
“Leaving Juventus was not up to me. I was happy in Madrid, but now it’s important for me to be here and I have kept in touch with everyone over the years.
“It was a great memory and now we have new challenges to face together.
“The Champions League is very important to Juventus. If we were to win it this year, I would be the happiest man in the world. We want to win it.”
Morata previously spent two years with Juventus between 2014 and 2016, scoring 27 goals in 93 appearances before returning to Real Madrid and helping them to win the 2016-17 Champions League, when they beat the Bianconeri in the final.
After an unsuccessful stint at Chelsea, Morata believes he has now matured and is able to handle the pressure of playing for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“I used to pay attention to the critics when I was younger. I know that I need to work hard and be clear about what I have to do,” Morata said.
“I’m happy to be back. I’ve come back to Turin as a person that’s grown in all senses. I’m in the right place at the right time: I know what I need to do, I have the necessary experience. Juve is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Morata who played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo with Los Blancos revealed the Portuguese is excited about being his team-mate again.
“I know Cristiano rather well, he’s happy,” Morata added.
“We spoke quite a lot, even before I returned.”