“I came as a boy, I went away as a real player,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport of his time in Italy.
“Italy for a Spaniard is the best country to live. You have everything: beauty, history, art, cooking, fashion. I would never have left Italy and Juve.
“There were contractual agreements to be respected. The disappointment was enormous: I found myself back to the starting point. They treated me like the boy I was before the two Italian seasons.
“I came here because there was a coach like Antonio Conte. We started talking about my eventual transfer last spring and I finally came to London.”
When asked if he missed Italy, he added: “Very much. My wife would like to live in Spain, I in Italy. Here, we can find a compromise.”