Alvaro Morata has had a vague career with multiple stints at many clubs lately. The striker who is currently on loan at Juventus would once again have to hunt for a new club this summer. Though he has a contract until 2023 with Atletico Madrid, it is highly unlikely that he fulfils it. Moreover, Juventus have also restrained themselves from triggering the buy option in Morata’s loan deal. Nonetheless, the 29-year-old has made it clear that he is quite confident that he will find a new club.
As Morata prepares to return to Atletico, he however may not remain there for next season. The Spanish side is not keen on having him who has failed to deliver for them. After 22 goals in 66 games for the club on loan from Chelsea, Atletico signed him permanently for a massive fee of £58 million in the summer of 2020. However, Alvaro Morata was quickly loaned to Juventus in the same summer for two seasons. The Spaniard produced his best-ever numbers with 20 goals and 12 assists in the 2020/21 season. But just 12 goals and 9 assists this season have forced Juventus to opt against buying him.
Alvaro Morata claims he has ‘several’ options on the table
Though he has struggled in club football this season, Alvaro Morata has shown up for his national side. The 29-year-old recently scored in Spain’s UEFA Nations League draw against Portugal. La Roja took the lead through Morata who now has 5 goals in his last 10 games for the national team. However, Portugal equalized in the 82nd minute to share the spoils. While speaking after the game, Morata gave an update on his future.
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“I have quite a few options. It’s not up to me, I can’t do anything about it. The good thing is that there are several teams (interested). My wife and children will follow me wherever I need to go. I do have preferences and options, but I want to go where the club love me the most and value me. In the last two places I’ve been very happy because there are wonderful people.”
Alvaro Morata may be right in ways since a number of clubs have already held talks with his representatives. FC Barcelona and Arsenal are the clubs leading the race to sign him. Barcelona boss Xavi is an admirer of the striker and feels his experience will be good for his side. Meanwhile, Arsenal, who are on the hunt for a number-9 have Morata on their list. The Gunners have confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will be leaving this summer and Mikel Arteta wants Morata to replace him.
Tottenham has also emerged as the new candidate as manager Antonio Conte has been promised a number of reinforcements in the summer. On the other hand, Alvaro Morata will be now gearing up for Spain’s next fixtures as they face the Czech Republic twice with one against Switzerland sandwiched in between.
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