Alvaro Morata says that he is ‘not disappointed at all’ for his role at Real Madrid, asserting that his ‘time will come’.
The young forward has impressed in brief cameos for Los Blancos and whilst on international duty with Spain’s Under-21s, but sees Karim Benzema established as Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice centre-forward still.
“I'm not at all disappointed. Last year I played about 17 matches and this season I've played in nine already,” Morata has countered when quizzed on his situation by reporters at a publicity event today.
“I think I'll end up playing more than last year and anything that means improving is very good. I'm young and there is no need to rush things because I'm at one of the best teams in the world.
“My time will come. I'm working hard, and I am just thinking about enjoying myself at this club and with our fans.”
Morata was talking in the week that Madrid effectively sealed passage through to the Last 16 of the Champions League with a draw at Juventus.
“We still need to mathematically seal qualification for the next round in the Champions League, but we got a good result at a tough stadium to visit.
“We are doing well and if we carry on like this I’m sure that we can close the gap in the league and fight for all of the titles on offer.
“Gareth Bale’s contribution? We are very happy with him. I see him train every day and he is more than settled with the team.
“He proves that he is one of the best players in the world out on the pitch and I am sure that he is going to be important to help us win titles.
“Can we win the Champions League? We are still in the group stage and there are a lot of quality teams.
“The knockout rounds are another story and there are more factors at play. If you slip up against any of the teams, you could get knocked out of the Champions League.
“And La Liga? We have to take it one match at a time and keep working as we are. There have been a lot of changes over the last year and we are gradually improving. I’m sure we’ll be in the fight for all of the titles.”
The youngster was also asked of the importance of fitness for matches.
“We always try to work on it and we do exercises to work on speed in training, depending on each player’s position.
“We normally train in studded boots on the pitch, but there are times, like in the gym when we do other physical preparation, that we have to use other equipment.”