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Real Madrid have decided to keep the 23-year-old Spanish striker, despite interest from several other clubs, reports the Spanish News Outlet AS.
Morata has been linked with Chelsea and Arsenal, and Real’s neighbors from across town – Atletico Madrid – are also believed to be interested in the striker.
Spanish News Outlet, AS, also report that Juanma Lopez (Morata’s agent) presented Real Madrid with a €60 million offer from Chelsea. However, Zinedine Zidane sees the potential of the young striker, and would like to integrate him into his plans for the club.
Alvaro returns from France, where he represented Spain in the Euro 2016. The 23-year-old striker managed to bag three goals during the course of the competition – helping Spain reach the last 16.
The Spanish striker was initially recruited by the Real Madrid Youth Squad, but was sold in 2014 to the Serie A Champions – Juventus.
Included in Morata’s contract with Juventus was a buy-back clause, which Real Madrid just recently activated. Los Blancos have bought back their striker from Juve for a €30 million fee.
Alvaro spent close to two years in Turin, making over 60 appearances for the club and scoring 15 goals – although a large number of his appearances came when he was subbed on from the bench.
With Ronaldo believed to be sidelined for almost 5 months, Morata will be tested in the first team – although it is not certain which position the 23-year-old will play, as Benzema is still believed to be Zidane’s first choice striker.
There was speculation over the sale of Morata, with the AS reporting that Real Madrid would sell Morata to help fund a move for French International Paul Pogba.
However, reports have concluded the Real Madrid have ended their interest in Morata’s former teammate, and will be looking to pursue another midfielder – possibly N’Golo Kante.