Morata happy about Chiellini dismissal

Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata has revealed that he his happy that he won't face defender Giorgio Chiellini when Spain lock horns with Italy.

The Juventus defender received his marching orders in the Azzurri's 3-1 victory against Israel in a 2018 World Cup Qualifying tie, and Morata is relieved he won't be facing his former club teammate on 6 October.

"I’ll be honest, I had a moment of great happiness when I got back to the dressing room and saw Chiellini had been sent off," Morata told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"What joy… and when I left Juve he ‘threatened’ me to remember this match in Turin.

"I want good things for Giorgio, I’m very fond of him, he gave me lots of advice and helped me with a lot of things in Turin, but I can honestly say my ankles are grateful the red card came out in Israel," he concluded.