Reported Tottenham January target thanks Chelsea boss Mourinho

Alvaro Morata may be wanted by Andre Villas-Boas, but he was thanking Jose Mourinho this weekend.

Alvaro Morata has been linked with numerous departures away from Real Madrid in recent weeks. The 20-year-old striker shot onto the scene with Los Blancos last season, after he scored the winning goal against Levante just seconds after entering the fray.

But breaking into the first-team at Real Madrid is never an easy task, especially with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo ahead in the pecking order.

But with Gonzalo Higuain’s exit the team have given more opportunities to their young protégé.

He is clearly a natural born goal-scorer - his record of 11 goals in nine Spanish under-21 appearances says more than I could bleat about his talents.

This summer saw Tottenham Hotspur linked with the player, potentially as part of a deal for Gareth Bale.

That interest has reportedly gone nowhere, as Andre Villas-Boas knows that the club need to address their striker shortage.

But this weekend Morata has been heaping the praise and gratitude on a man that we know AVB is no longer very fond of - Jose Mourinho.

The Chelsea boss and AVB had a massive fall out during their time at Chelsea together, and he also coached Morata at the Bernabeu last season.

Something Morata has fond memories of…

“I want to thank Jose Mourinho, who drilled it into my head that if you don’t work and toil, you’re less likely to play.”

Mourinho was the man who gave Morata his chance with Los Blancos, but who also instilled the winning mentality in his veins.

So if Spurs are hoping to sign the lad - let’s hope he doesn’t ring Mourinho for a character reference.

The rumour does seem tedious now anyway - Morata started the game against Malaga and looks likely to be a permanent feature in the squad - the fans are dubbing him the ‘next Raul’ so it means a lot for them if he makes it - and Carlo Ancelotti is clearly a fan.

But if he does leave, Mourinho is not likely to tell him to go to Spurs, so he will probably endup somewhere else.

Chelsea are short on strikers … aren’t they?

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