Alvaro Morata speaks, praises not Wenger, but Chelsea boss

Arsenal linked striker Alvaro Morata has hailed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata is the man in the news at present, with newspaper The Express, The Star and The Metro all reporting in the past 24 hours that he had signed for Arsenal on loan.

Arsene Wenger denied this morning a deal had been struck, commenting that he had not approached Madrid.

Morata himself has today faced the media, and has been questioned over his future.

He told Spanish newspaper AS: "I only think about succeeding at Real Madrid.

"Every day I work hard to earn myself a place in the team, but I know that I have had the support of Ancelotti since the first day that he came here."

However Morata has played just one La Liga game this season, used mainly as a substitute.

It is barely an improvement on last season, which is why the loan links have been instigated. Later in the interview he went onto hail Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as crucial to his progression:

"To Jose Mourinho I owe a great deal for promoting me up to the first team and I will always have a special feeling towards him. He is an incredible coach."

Could they be reunited? That's another issue as taking players on loan is not really Chelsea's style. Morata would likely find himself in a worse position than Madrid in terms of first team football.

We don't believe this is quite the end of it. Morata has been sensational for Spain's under-21s of later 8 goals in 6 this season and 12 in 11 overall. 

Sooner or later he needs to take the next step, and a loan switch which could see him become a late bloomer in terms of Spain's World Cup reckoning could be the making of him if he decides to reconsider in January.

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