A man on the move this summer Alvaro Morata has warned current club, Real Madrid, that he wants to feel important at whatever team he ends the summer at. Real Madrid has already activated his £23 million release clause this summer, in a move that will see him move back to the Spanish Capital, however, reports suggest that the current Champions League holders may look to move Morata on to another club before he has even made his second debut for Los Blanco’s.
£23 million is a ridiculously cheap fee for a striker of his quality, which represents a shrewd piece of business from Madrid as they are now presented with the ultimatum of whether to use Alvaro Morata and reintegrate him into the first team again, or instantly sell him on for a profit to any of a whole host of clubs who are said to be interested in the Spaniard, including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal. But wherever Morata ends up this summer he wants to have an important role in the team:
“I want a team that makes me feel important and I would be ready to stay in Madrid to win my place, I do not have to prove anything to anyone. I am a player of Real Madrid and they will decide if they want me, otherwise we will find another solution.”
Morata does admit however that he would be happy to stay at Real Madrid and compete with Karim Benzema for the strikers spot, and force the Frenchman out of the Zinedine Zidane’s plans, but he is equally open to joining a third club within the space of a few months. In the 2013/14 season Morata attempted to dislodge Benzema’s starting spot when he went head to head with him, for a spot in the team, however, he came away in a losing effort with eight La Liga goals, whilst Benzema found the back of the net seventeen times that campaign. As a result, Morata was sold to Juventus and Benzema has comfortably been one-third of one of the best attacking trio’s in world football alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale ever since. But Morata is not focused on his club football for the time being as he is busy trying to win Euro 2016 with Spain, where he has a starring role in the team leading the attack.
“My priority right now is the national team; with whom I want to win the Euros. Only after this competition will I think about my future.”
Personally, I think that Real Madrid will look to sell Morata on this summer, and are simply hoping that he impresses any potential suitors during his stint with the national team. A move to Old Trafford would certainly not be off the cards as it would see him reunited with Jose Mourinho, the manager who gave him his first team debut at Real Madrid. Nevertheless, I would be cautious about signing the 23-year-old. Morata only found the back of the net 15 times in Serie A during his two seasons in Turin. His all round play is certainly one of his strongest assets, but he is simply not clinical enough in front of goal. The Red Devils already have Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney who are capable of playing up front, and with Morata still only being 23-years-old his arrival could hinder the development of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, which a risk that I don’t think is worth taking based on the potential that both shown last season.