Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata doesn’t hide the fact that he was close to joining Inter Milan during the summer transfer window.

The Spaniard spoke to Spanish news outlet AS, via FCInterNews, opening up about the links between him and the Nerazzurri during the summer.

Inter had reportedly shown an interest in signing a number of strikers during the summer.

Specifically, after the Nerazzurri’s relationship with Romelu Lukaku collapsed in spectacular fashion, this left the team looking for a new target in attack.

In the end, Inter went in for Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.

The Austrian arrived to add some depth in attack, and a physical holdup play profile. It ended up being Marcus Thuram who became the first-choice strike partner for Lautaro Martinez.

But one player who Inter did show an interest in was former Juventus, Chelsea, and Real Madrid striker Morata.

And for his part, the player himself makes no effort to deny that.

Alvaro Morata Admits He Was Close To Joining Inter In The Summer

Morata noted that “[Inter CEO Beppe] Marotta brought me to Juventus, and we have always had an excellent relationship.”

“Yes, it is true that I was very close to joining Inter,” he continued.

“Then I spoke with Simeone,” the striker said.

“Luckily I had several options, but at the In the end the best decision was to stay in Madrid.”

Morata said of his chat with Atletico coach Simeone that “It was a face-to-face conversation. We said a lot to each other.”

“We shared many opinions, and I decided that it was best to stay,” Morata noted.

The 31-year-old noted that “I’ve always admired him as a coach from the outside. And It’s a pleasure to work with him now. I’ve always said that.”

“This summer everything was done so that I could stay at Atletico.”