Alvaro Morata, 30, who could leave Atletico Madrid this summer, has done the opposite. He scored two goals in the “Madrid Derby” against Real Madrid and was the star of the big match.

Morata scored two goals to help Atletico Madrid win their Spanish Primera Liga (La Liga) sixth-round home match against Real Madrid at 4 a.m. ET on Friday at the Citibas Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain. Behind Morata’s performance, Atletico Madrid defeated Real Madrid 3-1.

Morata rattled the Real Madrid net in the fourth minute of the first half. He headed in a well-timed cross from the left flank by Samuel Linnu (23) to give his team the lead. In the first minute of the second half, with his team leading 2-1, he headed in a cross from Saul Niguez (28) to extend the lead. After scoring, he ran to the home fans and celebrated, sending the stadium into a frenzy.

Morata has scored five goals in five La Liga games this season, tying him with Robert Lewandowski (35-Barcelona) for the top scoring spot. He’s scoring at a record-breaking rate of one goal every 62.2 minutes. The poor finishing that has plagued him throughout his career hasn’t been evident early on this season. 안전놀이터

However, Morata’s performance this season could have been lost on Atletico Madrid. Atletico Madrid were willing to let Morata go last summer if the right offer came in. Matteo Moretto, a reporter for Spanish outlet Relevo, wrote on social media on Friday (July 25), “Many clubs have been inquiring about Morata throughout the summer. AC Milan, Inter, AS Roma, Juventus, a Saudi team,” he wrote.

“None of them were able to spend the 20 million euros ($28.4 billion) that Atletico Madrid was asking for. His buyout clause was 21 million euros ($29.8 billion).” “Atletico Madrid decided to keep Morata, and to give him confidence, they extended his contract until 2027,” he added.

Diego Simeone (53-Argentina), who spent pre-season in South Korea this summer, was spotted talking to Morata in the clubhouse of Seongnam FC. “I spoke to Morata and I’m happy with him,” Simeone said in his pre-match press conference against Team K League. I think he can do even better.”

Morata has since repaid Simeone’s faith in him with a peak of determination. After a series of moves to Real Madrid, Juventus, and Chelsea, where he never really settled in, he is finding his feet in his hometown.