In Focus: Chelsea won’t want to sell Morata anytime soon despite Madrid comment

According to a television interview he has conducted with Espacio Reservado de Movistar, via Spanish media ouetlet Marca, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, rated at £58.5m according to Transfermarkt, has hinted that he would like to return to Real Madrid one day.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 25-year-old only joined the Blues from Real during the summer transfer window, but he has admitted in the interview with Spanish television that he would be open to returning to the Spanish capital at some point in the future.

Morata made an impressive start to his career with the Premier League holders, but he has found goals harder to come by in more recent times and is starting to come under scrutiny from the Stamford Bridge faithful.

What did Morata say?

The Spain international told Espacio Reservado de Movistar, via Marca: “I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me. And I’m very happy here. But Madrid is always Madrid.”

How has he done this season?

He has done well in general.

The 25-year-old has scored 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances and 12 in 31 appearances in all competitions, but he has only netted once in his last six top flight outings and missed a host of chances in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last month.

The Spaniard has missed their last three Premier League matches through suspension and then a back problem, with Eden Hazard playing as a false nine in his absence.

Is he happy?

It’s difficult to say.

Morata appears to have adapted to life in the Premier League pretty well, but he certainly isn’t as effective as someone like Didier Drogba or Diego Costa was up top for Chelsea, and that is probably counting against him with some supporters.

It remains to be seen how the January addition of Olivier Giroud will affect him over the course of the rest of the season, but you certainly wouldn’t expect Morata to leave Stamford Bridge anytime soon – especially as his contract doesn’t run out until 2022.

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