​Atletico Madrid star, ​Alvaro Morata has expressed his happiness at returning back to Spain, claiming that, "coming back to the club he began his career is the best thing that could have happened" for his career.

The 26-year-old began his career playing for Atletico's youth side before eventually getting his big break at crosstown rivals, Real Madrid in 2010. However, his recent sojourn with Chelsea was disastrous, which saw him return to Spain on loan last season, with the ​clubs agreeing to make the move permanent in 2020.

"Atletico are the best thing that could have happened to me. It would mean so much to me to win titles with Atleti, even more than anything I've won in the past because this is different," Morata said as quoted by ​Goal.

The Spaniard put in mixed performances on returning, scoring six goals in 17 appearances and now will have to shoulder more of a burden when it comes to goalscoring, considering that Antoine Griezmann recently made the move to Barcelona.

"Big players have left, especially big characters. I wish they could still be here, but everyone has their own circumstances and has their own trajectory. [Griezmann] is a top top player, I don't need to tell you how big he is. He's been one of the best players that Atleti have had in recent times," he added.

Atletico are in the process of rebuilding their side following the departures of key players and they will need Morata firing on all cylinders if they are to challenge both domestically and in Europe next season.