Morata hints he could return to Madrid

Chelsea star Alvaro Morata drops surprise hint he is planning return to Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata has scored 12 goals in his first season at Chelsea

It became apparent that he had been suffering from a persistent back problem in January and, after the FA Cup replay penalty shoot-out win over Norwich in which he was red-carded, it was finally decided that Morata needed time off once his suspension was served.

"Now, I think this is not important to say we could do this or we couldn't do this; the most important thing is to focus on the present and try to finish the best way possible and not regret anything".

"He's a fantastic player and he will score a lot of goals for us, I'm sure". I don't know how long he will be out.

'We struggle to find the solution and to solve the pain in his back.

You ask me how long he is out, maybe he needs one day, one month, or is out for the season, I don't know. I'm a bit anxious. "You know very well the importance of the player", the coach added.

Somewhat concerning. Morata wasn't doing too badly for Chelsea prior to his injury, scoring 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances and making four assists.

A frustrated Antonio Conte revealed on Friday that his talisman will be lucky to play again this term as a niggling back injury persists with the Spanish worldwide.

But the 25-year-old has admitted that he will always have a place in his heart for Madrid, the club at which Morata spent two separate spells, and would have to consider his future if the La Liga giants came calling.

On the programme, which will be broadcasted on February 19, Morata is asked whether he has considered returning to the Spanish capital. In England, the Daily Mail published a piece on the video which some Chelsea fans reacted to negatively.

Morata replied, "I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me".

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