Morata: I have no intention of joining Real Madrid

Spain international forward Alvaro Morata has played down further reports linking him with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu after a tough start to the Serie A season

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has again been forced to dismiss stories linking him with a return to Real Madrid.

Morata, 23, began his career at the Santiago Bernabeu before movin to Turin in a €20 million deal in 2014, winning a league and cup double in his debut campaign in Italy.

Madrid retained an option to buy back the attacker for €30 million and, after a difficult personal start to the season, speculation is rife that Morata could return to Spain next summer.

The Los Blancos’ academy product has rubbished the reports linking him with his former side, however, and insisted he is content with life at Juventus.

“As for Real Madrid rumours, I let it all slide off me,” he said. “The only thing that interests me is playing as much as possible for Juve and winning titles, as after that anything people say is not my problem.

“I know that I have to do better, that I haven’t been as consistent as last season and so far I haven’t played at my level. I need to get back there and surpass it, seeing as I am only 23 and hope to improve further.

“I am very happy where I am and am not thinking of any other club. It’s true there are many things that are not up to me, but I repeat I am happy at Juventus and have no intention of changing.”

However, football agent Ernesto Bronzetti – who works closely with Real – believes the Liga giants will make a move for their former player next summer. 

Speaking to Tuttosport, Bronzetti said: “Madrid’s intention is to bring him back, but whether they do it or not will depend on the will of the player. The outcome will arrive in the months to come.

“[Madrid] are starting to change their transfer policy. They are now looking to sign young players and Morata’s profile is interesting.”

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