Former Juventus forward Alvaro Morata reveals that head coach Massimiliano Allegri blocked him from joining Barcelona in January.
Former Juventus forward Alvaro Morata has revealed that head coach Massimiliano Allegri blocked him from joining Barcelona in January.
The 29-year-old was in the latter stages of his two-year loan spell with the Italian giants from parent club Atletico Madrid when Barca expressed their interest in the Spain international.
Morata scored 32 goals and registered 21 assists in 92 appearances during his loan spell at Juve, which caught the eye of Barca head coach Xavi, but the forward claims that a potential switch to Camp Nou was stopped by Allegri.
“It’s true, there was interest from Barcelona,” Morata told Cadena Ser. “Xavi called me, we talked about football, about everything.
“It was a pleasure, I appreciated that a former player like Xavi was counting on me, it made me feel good.
“I had four or five good opportunities (to leave Juventus), but Allegri blocked everything. He was clear: ‘I want you to stay, I want to see you play with [Dusan] Vlahovic’. It was an effort for me to play on the left, but I did it.”
Morata, who began his career with Real Madrid, admitted earlier this summer that there were “several teams” interested in signing him ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.
“I would like to be where they love me the most and value me. In the last two places I’ve been I’ve been very happy because there are wonderful people.”