Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has indicated he is obsessed with succeeding in the Spanish capital.
Liverpool have been strongly linked with making a £6 million move to sign the forward but it looks as though any official interest on the part of the Anfield club could turn out to be pointless.
The 20-year-old doesn’t seem to be at all bothered by the fact he’s way down the pecking order at the club, which will only get worse if the Spanish side complete a deal for Luis Suarez or Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer.
“I'm training well and want to stay in Madrid. The club and coach want me to stay. I do not have to turn down any offers because I have not received any. I just want to play here,” said the youngster as per Goal.
Liverpool shouldn’t be overly concerned because they will have a core of very good attacking players at the club, which will simply be enhanced if they manage to pull off the achievement of getting Suarez to stay.
Brendan Rodgers has different options with Daniel Sturridge, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Fabio Borini and while he’s admitted he wants another attacking signing in the squad, the success of the side heading into the new season doesn’t seem to depend on signing Morata.
They could still go after him if Real Madrid sign a high profile forward and may even push for him to be included in any deal for Luis Suarez but he’s said he’s ready to fight any new arrivals and the players already at the club for first team football.
“The club has told me that want me to stay and I want to stay. Ibrahimovic? I’ll fight whoever comes,” he told AS.
What Liverpool don’t need heading into the new campaign is having a striker on their books who doesn’t necessarily want to be there.
While they could exploit the lack of football he’s likely to get at Real Madrid, what the club can’t do is match the deep roots and affection which he obviously has for his current club.
There does seem to be a belief at the Spanish club that he’s good enough to be able to break into the first team more regularly alongside the higher profile players.
Real Madrid could also make it very difficult for Liverpool, or any other side for that matter, to get their hands on him because of the fact key players could still leave the club this summer.
If Gonzalo Higuain goes to Chelsea or Arsenal, then his importance in the squad will only increase and that will make him substantially more difficult and expensive to get anywhere near.
Should Liverpool still go after him or is it a waste of time?
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