'If you are at Real Madrid, you don't leave' - Morata paying for mistake, says Michel

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The Chelsea striker endured a testing debut campaign in England after departing Spain, with his struggles ultimately costing him a World Cup spot

Alvaro Morata has been told by Real Madrid legend Michel that his troubles at Chelsea and subsequent snubbing by Spain in their World Cup 2018 squad can be traced back to his departure from Santiago Bernabeu.

Having struggled for regular starts over the course of two spells in the Spanish capital, the 25-year-old striker found himself looking for opportunities elsewhere.

He found them at Juventus between 2014 and 2016, before completing a £70 million ($94m( switch to England in the summer of 2017.

Morata was, however, to endure a testing debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, which ultimately led to him being overlooked by his country, and Michel has pointed out that leaving Real Madrid is rarely a good idea.

A man who won six La Liga titles during an iconic spell with the Blancos told Marca: "I don't know why he left, if it was because he wanted to play more, if it was because he wanted a better contract and because he wanted to play in the English league.

"At the end of the day he is in a similar situation as to when he was at Real Madrid, he will know personally why he took the decision.

"I'm of those who think that if you're at Real Madrid the best thing is to not leave but I don't know what his thinking is."

Morata did manage 15 goals for Chelsea across all competitions in 2017-18, but found himself slipping out of favour once Olivier Giroud arrived from Arsenal in January and was unable to prove his worth to Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.

"He's playing less at Chelsea, Giroud is playing more," added Michel.

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"The most informed one on this is the coach and he knows exactly why he took one decision of another. He's a good player but any of them are too.

"It's a sensitive decision, if you made a list of 50 then number 51 and 52 would miss out too, you have to accept it, respect it and support it."

Morata will now be watching on from afar when 2010 champions Spain open their latest campaign against Portugal on June 15, before going on to face Iran and Morocco in Group B.

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