Ancelotti: Real Madrid don't regret selling Morata

The Blancos retain the right to re-sign the Juventus forward, but the Italian coach believes that he will stay in Turin and not return to the Bernabeu

Carlo Ancelotti expects Alvaro Morata to remain at Juventus and insists that Real Madrid do not regret the decision to sell the goalscorer.

The reigning European champions flogged the Spain international to the Italian titleholders last summer for €20 million, but retained an option to buy the 22-year-old back in 2016.

However, while Ancelotti was impressed by what he saw during his one and only season working with Morata, he does not expect Madrid to bring the attacker back to the Santiago Bernabeu next year irrespective of his form.

“Despite not playing too much, he played well under me,” the Italian coach told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He’s a modern striker and plays with intensity and a high tempo. 

“He’s cool in front of goal and a hard worker but we have no regrets about selling him. His move was carefully thought through. Alvaro needed to have playing time. 

“He’s a young lad and expressed his desire to move to a club where he could play regularly. He had plenty of offers but in the end opted for Juventus. 

“We have a clause to buy him back but I feel he’ll remain at Juve.”

After a slow start to his Serie A career, related to an injury sustained just days after his arrival at Juventus, Morata has started to establish himself in Massimiliano Allegri’s starting XI.

The Spain international has bagged nine goals in all competitions, with his most recent effort coming in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

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