‘Morata can be Madrid’s new No 9’

Giorgio Chiellini believes his former Juventus teammate Alvaro Morata has what it takes to be Real Madrid’s striker for the next “10 years”.

Madrid announced earlier in the week that they had redeemed their buyback clause for Morata, who spent the last two seasons with Chiellini at Juve, and the defender admitted he would be disappointed to see “an incredible talent” not given a chance, amidst talk he could be sold on to a Premier League club.

“First of all, he’s a special lad,” he said at a Press conference on Friday ahead of the Euro 2016 last-16 clash between Spain and Italy.

“I’m sorry to be greeting him as a former teammate butI’m happy for him, and I hope he can stay at Real Madrid.

“He deserves to be the striker for Spain and Real, I’d be disappointed if he was used as a bargaining chip. He doesn’t deserve that.

“I don’t see why he can’t play at Real for 10 years, he has incredible talent and a lot of room for improvement.

“Over the past two years he’s grown so much on a tactical and human level. When he arrived he was a kid, he wasn’t considered a lad for the first team.

“We helped him grow every day, but the credit goes to him and his great talent.

“I hope he feels bad after Monday, but that could help him for the rest of his career!”

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