Alvaro Morata has confirmed “returning to Real Madrid is what I’d like best” as “this is my desire, to win” with Los Blancos.
Madrid can buy Morata back from Juventus for €30m this summer, as part of the striker’s sale to the Bianconeri two years ago, and he revealed for the first time that the Santiago Bernabeu was his preferred destination, while referring to his current employers in the past tense.
“My experience at Juventus was rewarding,” he told the Spanish newspaper AS.
“I won everything that could be won in Italy, more than once, I made it into the final of the Champions League, scored and developed as a player and as a person.
“I think I'm a different player now than I was when I left Real Madrid, a far cry from the little guy who used to run on the Bernabeu with all the enthusiasm in the world. Above all else, I proved that I can play for a great team.
“I hope everything may be resolved before June 13 because it’s awkward to be here with the national team with a phone in my hand. Let’s see what happens and where I’ll end up playing.
“Of course, returning to Real Madrid is what I’d like best. This is my desire, to win with Real Madrid, but there are some extraordinary players already at the club, and what I want is to play and feel important.
“Next season, I’ll play for the team who give me the greatest opportunities to do that.
“I have a few offers in England and I’m tempted, not just because of the salary. I think the Premier League would be a great achievement for me, given my characteristics.
“This isn’t to say that I want to leave Juventus, a team who I have nothing but kind words for. I’m just saying that going to the Premier League wouldn’t be a step back, on the contrary.
“With all the things that I learned in Italy, having the opportunity to learn something more in England would make me a more complete player, I think.
“I’m 23 and what I want is to develop, to play, to learn from the best. I want a good career.”