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Real Madrid have officially completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Juventus.
Alvaro Morata joined Juventus from Real Madrid in July 2014 on a five-year deal, for the fee of €20 million. The Spanish international enjoyed two successful seasons in Turin, winning two back-to-back Serie A and Coppa Italia titles.
The 26-year-old bagged 7 league goals last season, and his impressive displays not only got him picked for Spain’s Euro 2016 squad, but also saw him linked with potential transfers to many high-profile clubs from the Premier League. In fact, in an interview with Spanish outlet AS, Morata hinted that he would much rather prefer playing in England than returning to his former club.
He was quoted as saying: “Clearly that is what I would like. That is my wish, to succeed in Madrid. But in Madrid there are great players. And what I want is to play and feel important. There are some offers from England that are tempting, not only by contract.
“I think for my characteristics the Premier League would also be a great destination. I’m saying a move to the Premier League would not be a step backwards. With what I have learned in Italy, if I have the chance to learn something more in England I think it would make me a more complete, better player.”
However, Juventus’ chief executive Giuseppe Marotta revealed on Tuesday that Morata will indeed be returning to Real Madrid, as the reigning European Champions were set to activate his buy-back clause.
Marotta stated: “Real Madrid have informed us of their intention to exercise the right to buy back [Morata], we are just waiting for a written offer. Only then will we see how to proceed, but at the moment the possibility of Morata staying are slim. He will leave Turin and return to Spain.”
The transfer was confirmed by Real Madrid on Wednesday, and they posted the following statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. have informed Juventus FC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the player Álvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane.”