Dani Carvajal insists he is “happy” for his former Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Morata ahead of his switch to city rivals Atletico Madrid.
In light of a disappointing one and a half years at Chelsea, Morata is set to end his stay at Stamford Bridge in favour of an 18-month loan deal at Atletico with the option of it becoming permanent afterwards.
The Spain international had struggled to find his best form in the Premier League and couldn’t manage to justify the club-record £60m fee that Chelsea had forked out for him in 2017 while signing him from Real.
Now Morata is set to shortly complete his controversial move to Atletico, which was the club he first started out at during his career.
But Carvajal has no hard feelings towards Morata, who had come through the youth teams at Real and won two Champions League and La Liga crowns.
“They are decisions of each player. I do not judge him,” said Carvajal, according to Daily Mail.
“If he is happy at Atletico, I am happy for him. He is my friend and I wish him the best.
“I’m happy for him because in England he did not have many opportunities
“We just hope he does not have a good game against us [On February 9].”
Carvajal was speaking after helping Los Blancos defeat RCD Espanyol 4-2 on Sunday evening in La Liga.
A Karim Benzema double, along with goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale, was enough to secure all three points for Real in Barcelona.
Santiago Solari’s side are now up to third in La Liga and 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona with second-place Atletico five points ahead of them.
Morata may likely go up against Real for the first time as an Atletico player on February 9 at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first Madrid derby of 2019 in La Liga.