Alvaro Morata sparks controversy on the eve of France-Spain

Alvaro Morata sparks controversy on the eve of France-Spain
Alvaro Morata sparks controversy on the eve of France-Spain

Spain captain Alvaro Morata has caused controversy in his country after an interview in which he announced his probable departure from the national team after the Euro due to the lack of respect he claims to have suffered.

Spain is embroiled in controversy on the eve of its Euro 2024 semi-final against France on Tuesday (9pm). This Monday morning, the general daily El Mundo published an interview with Alvaro Morata (31 years old), captain of La Roja, in which he once again talks about his great weariness with the criticism he is subjected to. The striker even suggests that this should push him to retire from international football after the Euro. “It is likely that I will leave the national team after the European Championship,” is the title of this interview. “In Spain, there is no respect for anything or anyone.”

The broadcasts deplore his remarks two days before such a match

Morata does not elaborate too much on the subject but admits that he is not sure about continuing at Atlético Madrid where his contract has reached the end. He adds that he feels more loved abroad than in Spain because “in Spain I find it hard to be happy: they respect nothing and no one”. A feeling of fed up for a player who has often been the target of criticism regarding his level of play. And who feels unloved.

In a fit of paranoia, Morata, who was wrongly given a yellow card by UEFA in the quarter-finals, the former Juventus and Chelsea player also wonders whether some would have preferred him to be suspended for the semi-final.

Many Spanish programmes are outraged by the fact that the national team captain is making such statements two days before such an important match and thus creating unease around the Roja. For the programme Partizado de Cope, “Álvaro Morata is once again at the epicentre of the controversy surrounding the national team in this Euro”.

This is not the first time that Morata has expressed his feelings about the treatment he claims to be a victim of. Before the Euro, he gave an interview to Cadenas Ser, deploring the incessant criticism of him. “For me, the easiest thing is not to play in Spain, for my life, for what I have to go through when I go out on the street in our country,” he said on June 13. “For me, the easiest thing is to go and play abroad. Often, my children, who are five years old, do not understand why there are people who are so angry with their father. The easy thing last summer would have been to leave Atlético. I had better financial offers, great teams, but I have the illusion of winning with Atlético, when I see the way people react to our matches and our victories, that part weighs a lot.”

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