Alvaro Morata insists he never wants to leave Serie A giants Juventus in the January transfer window despite interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, speaking through Tuttomercatoweb.
When Juventus spent £62m on arguably the most coveted striker in European football – well, the most coveted striker wasn’t called Erling Haaland – it was expected that Morata would be shoved out the door, thrown out impromptu for a younger and more attractive model.
But things are not quite so simple.
According to Pavel Nedved, Juventus Vice President, the ‘most important’ striker Max Allegri handles is not Vlahovic – and not even Paulo Dybala – but the Spaniard is very mean.
“People talk less about Morata,” Nedved said Italian football. “But I feel he is the most important factor in that trio, because he sacrifices himself, knows how to hold the ball, works hard and creates those spaces.”
Will Alvaro Morata return to the Premier League?
‘Important’ is one thing’. Whether Morata is still an ‘inseparable object’ in Juve’s long-term plan is a completely different matter.
All signs indicate that Bianconeri are planning to bring Morata back to Atletico Madrid, rather than triggering the £30m buy-in clause in his contract, as the striker’s loan term in Turin draws to a close.
And, according to time, Tottenham Hotspur are also ready to accommodate Atletico’s request for the duration of January. Morata scored 15 goals under Spurs manager Antonio Conte during the 2017/18 season at Chelsea.
But while a return to the Premier League may have some appeal, Morata has not given up hope of a long-term stay at Juventus.
“It doesn’t matter,” Morata said when asked about interest from elsewhere.
“We spoke with the coach during the transfer window about his ideas. And he told me that Dusan’s arrival would help me, and it happened. I am very happy to be here. If it were up to me, I would always stay here. ”
“(Allegri) told me I had to stay and he trusted me. Now I have to give everything in return for his trust.”
One of the most divisive players of the modern era, Morata has scored eight goals in 33 games this season.
https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/02/21/i-had-to-stay-30m-striker-not-interested-in-arsenal-or-tottenham-move/ The £30 million striker is not interested by Arsenal or Tottenham