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29-year-old striker set to continue at Atletico Madrid after winning over Simeone

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After a two-year long loan stint at Juventus, Alvaro Morata returned to Atletico Madrid earlier this summer. His arrival was considered only an intermediate step before his seemingly imminent departure from the club.

However, the tables have now turned. According to reports from Cadena SER, the striker’s attitude has convinced both Diego Simeone and the dressing room.

The manager now trusts the player so much that he is ready to give Morata a starting spot in the team for the league opener at the weekend.

The 29-year-old first moved to Wanda Metropolitano on loan from Chelsea in the 2019-20 season. After his seemingly successful stint in Spain, Atletico made his move permanent in the summer of 2020.

Since then, however, Morata has not donned the red-and-white colours. He was immediately sent on a two-season long loan to Italy, where he shone under Massimiliano Allegri

The Spaniard’s sudden departure from the club was later revealed to be because of a rift between him and Diego Simeone. However, they duo seem to have buried the hatchet now.

With the differences between the player and manager settled, Los Rojiblancos need not look far to find their striker for the upcoming season. While Matheus Cunha is indeed a viable option, Morata’s experience could be enough to warrant a starting spot.

Last season, the striker scored nine goals and provided seven assists in 35 Serie A appearances. He scored a further two goals in the UEFA Champions League and one in the Coppa Italia.

The Nerazzurri were interested in loaning Morata for one more season, but Atletico Madrid have maintained that they count on the player and do not intend to sell him this summer.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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