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“Everyone has their own trajectory” – Morata unfazed by Atletico departures

By Chris Smith

Published: 17:29, 15 July 2019

Alvaro Morata is unfazed by the recent departures from Atletico Madrid, which include Antoine Griezmann and Rodri.

Griezmann left the club in controversial circumstances to join Barcelona, while Rodri has linked up with Premier League champions Manchester City.

Atleti have also seen the likes of Diego Godin and Juanfran leave the club on free transfers, with manager Diego Simeone undertaking a monumental squad rebuild this summer.

However, Morata recently made his loan deal from Chelsea permanent, while he has been joined at Atletico by Portuguese starlet Joao Felix, who completed a £113m move from Benfica.

And the Spaniard isn’t worried to see so many high-profile players leave the Wanda Metropolitano, instead staying focused on winning titles with Los Colchoneros.

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“Big players have left, especially big characters,” Morata told EFE. “I wish they could still be here, but everyone has their own circumstances and has their own trajectory.

“Atletico [Madrid] are the best thing that could have happened to me.

“It would mean so much to me to win titles with Atleti, even more than anything I’ve won in the past because this is different.”

Morata, 26, then went on to lavish praise upon Griezmann, who has become something of a villain in Madrid for the way he left for Barcelona recently.

“He is a top top player,” Morata continued. “I don’t need to tell you how big he is.

“He’s been one of the best players that Atleti have had in recent times.”

Atletico’s summer overhaul: Five key things to know…

  • Simeone has won four major honours with Atletico.
  • However, he has seen long-term squad members leave this summer.
  • They include Griezmann, Rodri, Godin and Juanfran.
  • To replace them, Simeone has signed Morata, Felix and Marcos Llorente among others.
  • Morata isn’t fazed by the number of outgoings, believing Atleti can still be successful.