Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata seems to be pinning a lot of his hope on getting a chance at the Bernabeu this season.
The 20-year-old forward considers himself the club’s number two striker after Karim Benzema with his hopes for the season simply the chance of getting more first team football.
However, it’s difficult to see that happening with Carlo Ancelotti having a variety of attacking players to choose from, including Cristiano Ronaldo and new signing Gareth Bale.
“I hope I’ll play more this year than last year and I’ll help the team get points. I’m relaxed about it, because I’m still very young. I still need to learn a lot and improve all sorts of things,” he told AS.
There was a lot of speculation over the summer that Tottenham were trying to get Morata included in the world record transfer for Gareth Bale, which didn’t happen because of Florentino Perez’s apparent love for the young forward.
However, circumstances could be very different next summer, which makes a possible straight up deal for Tottenham more realistic.
Morata’s current contract expires in the summer of 2015, which means next summer is around the time Real Madrid could aggressively start looking at extending that deal.
If we reach that point and Morata has only made a handful of appearances for the club, he’ll be a year older, a year wiser and he’ll have to start questioning whether Real Madrid is really the best club for his future.
Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema are all still in their 20s which means they are going to form the spine of the Real Madrid attack for several years to come for as long as the Spanish club want to hold onto them.
That leaves Real Madrid in a position where they may have to move him on if they don’t want to risk him leaving the club for free and that’s where Andre Villas-Boas can pounce if he’s still interested in the Spanish Under-21 international.
What is clear for Morata is that he sees his future in the first team of one of Europe’s genuinely massive sides.
Spurs mustn’t take any risks if they want to invest in him because he could be put off of moving to White Hart Lane if he sees a similarly small chance of playing first team football regularly.
That’s something AVB has to think long and hard over because if squad overcrowding is a reason he backs off from Spurs, that could have the initiative to one of the club’s main rivals in the race to get him.
What do you think? Worth a punt next summer if he’s available?
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