Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes he has won his battle with club president Florentino Perez to keep Alvaro Morata at the Bernabeu, dealing a severe blow to the forward’s Premier League suitors.
New Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has been determined to sign the forward that he helped convince to sign for Juventus only a couple of years ago, but has so far been unable to find agreement with Madrid.
Zidane is keen to have Morata as relief for his first-choice front three of Gareth Bale,Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as he prepares to rotate more in the coming campaign.
And this week Zidane gave the okay to sell Jese to Paris Saint-Germain for around £20million – clearing out another player that would battle Morata for gametime.
The player’s entourage admit that staying with the club he grew up at would be a dream come true but he wants significant first-team football. Zidane is willing to offer the Spain international minutes but knows that he is unlikely to be first choice in the short term.
Florentino Perez, who believes he could fetch £50million for a back-up striker, would prefer to sell Morata but is prepared to give in to the coach who won Madrid their eleventh Champions League after just five months in charge.