Alvaro Morata Has Decision To Make

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Is Alvaro Morata between a rock and a hard place? He’s too good to sit on the bench, but perhaps not good enough to crack Real Madrid’s first line. 

In 2016 Real Madrid informed Juventus of its intention to activate the buy-back clause in the contract that took Alvaro Morata to Italy. Morata’s recall was sanctioned after his impressive performance during his time at Juventus. That recall was applauded by fans because they saw him playing a major role under the leadership of Zinedine Zidane.

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Morata has proved his worth, too. He has a killer instinct with agile movement in and around the box. The 24-year-old scored 20 goals last season despite a limited number of first-team opportunities.

That performance has caught the attention of Europe’s big clubs and d it has piqued Morata’s interest in moving on.

It had been rumoured that the Spanish forward would have liked to play at Old Trafford, but that option was quashed when United opted to sign Romelu Lukaku instead.

Does leaving Real Madrid represent a positive move for Morata? Some think not, including teammate, Luka Modric. Modric warned the Spaniard, saying that the striker could go down if he decides to leave.

Despite the swirl surronging Morata’s future, Real Madrid has yet to make a statement regarding his uncertain future. Some believe Madrid wants to keep him because of Morata’s valued to the squad. Others claim that the Spanish giant wants to sell him, but will do that only for a high price–for a reported £80 million.

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That valuation seems utterly unrealistic, especially since Morata wasn’t a first-choice starter last season. Setting the valuation that high may be more political than real–a signal that Los Blancos is resolute in not wanting to part company with the former Juventus striker.

Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, has made it no secret that he is determined to secure a first-team football slot for his client. But it remains to be seen how Lopez intends to achieve that goal.

In another development, Zidane has told the club that Morata is a big part of his plans for next year. One reason is that Madrid’s attacking options are limited now that the club has agreed to a two-year loan deal with Bayern Munich for James Rodriguez.

I think Madrid will table an improved offer to persuade Morata to stay. But even if Morata decides to stay, will he be guaranteed a spot in the starting XI next season? I don’t think so. With the front trio of Ronaldo, Benzema, and Bale, it will be difficult for Morata to break into that attack.

I think Morata is too good to sit on the bench. That’s why the best thing for him is to find a regular first-team spot elsewhere.

No doubt Morata is desperate to get more games under his belt, especially as The World Cup draws nearer. All eyes will be at Santiago Bernabeu to see how this situation gets resolved.


About Geoffrey Ofoegbu

I’m from Abuja, Nigera. I have passion for football (soccer) and enjoy writing articles about the clubs, managers, players, and anything connected with the game. It has always been my dream to be a sport columnist. Joining the team at TSC is a stepping stone to fulfilling that dream–launching a career in the sports industry. Sport of Expertise: Football, Basketball. Favorite Teams: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal. Favorite Players: Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Antonio Valencia.

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