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Atletico Madrid centre-forward no longer a target for Juventus – report

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Alvaro Morata has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. Since moving to Juventus in 2014, Morata has relocated to Real Madrid, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, and back to Juventus in eight years.

His last stint was at Juve last season, playing 35 games in the league during his loan spell. He contributed with nine goals and seven assists.

And while the Spaniard was second fiddle to Dusan Vlahovic for the centre-forward role, Juve were said to be interested in signing him permanently or on another long-term loan spell.

However, according to SkySports (h/t AtletiUniverse), Juventus are ready to drop their pursuit of the striker.

Morata was the subject of a transfer to Barcelona in the winter, as well, but that transfer fell through due to loan and fee complications, the Catalans decided to pursue Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

It makes sense for Atletico to retain Morata for next season, especially given their goalscoring exploits – or the lack thereof – during the 2021/22 campaign.

Angel Correa was their top scorer with 12 goals, and is still at the club, but Luis Suarez – with 11 goals – has left for Nacional on a free transfer.

Morata contributed with 12 goals during the 2019/20 season – his last at Atletico – and could be a huge boost for Diego Simeone, especially with Antoine Griezmanna and Joao Felix trying their best to return to peak form.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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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

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