Spain-France: “We respect nothing and no one”, Alvaro Morata threatens to leave La Roja after the Euro

Spain-France: “We respect nothing and no one”, Alvaro Morata threatens to leave La Roja after the Euro
Spain-France: “We respect nothing and no one”, Alvaro Morata threatens to leave La Roja after the Euro

This is the start of a controversy that Luis De la Fuente, the Spanish coach, could have done without. On the eve of the Euro semi-final between Spain and France, Alvaro Morata, the Iberian striker, gave a heartfelt interview in the columns of the media El Mundo. Tired of criticism at home, the Atlético Madrid striker is considering retiring from international football at the end of the competition. “It is likely that I will leave the national team after the European Championship,” we can read in the title of the interview. “In Spain, there is no respect for anything or anyone.”

“In Spain, I find it difficult to be happy”

Morata, who will be available for the clash against Les Bleus on Tuesday in Munich after having been announced suspended for a time, does not feel he is being valued at his true worth in the country of Cervantes, which he wants to leave as he comes to the end of his contract with the Colchoneros.

“In Spain I find it hard to be happy (…) There are times in Spain that are complicated for me. I don’t like victimising speeches and complaining, but hey, I just want it to end in the best possible way and enjoy it, because it could also be my last tournament with the national team.”

The Roja captain, who has scored 36 goals in 78 appearances, had already outlined his difficulties living in Spain in an interview with Cadena SER a month ago. “For me, the easiest thing is not to play in Spain, for my life, for what I have to experience when I go out into the street in our country. For me, the easiest thing is to go and play abroad,” he said on June 13. “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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