Friday, July 19, 2013

Alvaro Morata Set For Real Madrid Stay

Liverpool transfer target Alvaro Morata looks set to stay at Real Madrid this summer after declaring he wants to stay at the Bernabeu.

Speaking at a Real Madrid press conference this week, Morata confirmed his intentions to stay in Spain to fight for a place in the first team next season.

Morata has been sparingly used by Madrid in the past couple of seasons following the excellent form of first-team regulars Karim Benzema, Jose Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain.

But with transfer speculation strife regarding the future of Higuain, and a potential transfer to Arsenal, Morata could next season be given more first-team opportunities. Jose Callejon has also left the club, joining Serie A outfit Napoli in recent weeks, lightening the number of strikers further.

Morata featured only 15 times last season under Jose Mourinho, but the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti could mean a change in the squad dynamics next season. And Morata, in the press conference, revealed that he is ready to start the new season playing under Ancelotti.

Speaking to El Mundo Deportivo, Morata said: "I'm training well. Here we train every day as if it was your last. I want to stay at Real Madrid and the coach and club both want me to stay too. I have not had to reject any potential offers because I haven't made any. I am focused on training and working with Real Madrid, and looking forward to the first game."

Morata's defiance here looks set to rule out any potential move to Liverpool, who was keen on adding to Spanish signings Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto.

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