Despite not being at the club, Alvaro Morata’s future is one of Atletico Madrid’s biggest talking points every transfer window. The 29-year-old has spent more time away from the Wanda Metropolitano since his arrival at the club in 2020.
According to reports from David G Medina of MARCA, several clubs are interested in the centre-forward’s signing as they consider him to be a ‘safe bet.’ One of the club’s particularly interested is Arsenal as they look to incorporate a striker to round off their squad.
Since Morata debuted for Real Madrid in 2016, he has regularly found the back of the net for every team he has represented. While his numbers in themselves are not too spectacular, he boasts of consistency Atletico Madrid lack in their strikers right now.
The Spaniard is currently on loan at Juventus and is set to return to Madrid in a few weeks’ time. The Italians do not intend to renew his deal or activate the €35 million purchase clause on his contract at the moment.
Part of the reason is Juventus purchasing Dusan Vlahovic for a sum upwards of €75 million. Another is his less-than-ideal output.
Last season, he played 34 Serie A games for the Bianconeri, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists. Additionally, he scored two goals in the UEFA Champions League.
Now, Morata has two options on the table: to renew at Atletico Madrid or to work a way out of the club. Seemingly, the decision is quite easy given the friction between him and Diego Simeone.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal push for his signing or if Juventus will reignite their interest in his services. What is clear so far is that the chance of Morata staying at Atletico Madrid beyond this season is very slim.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo