Man in demand Alvaro Morata has so far kept a public silence since rumours linking Arsenal and Liverpool with his signature emerged, until now.
Speaking with Spanish outlet Minuto 116, he said: "Real Madrid have been my team since I was little and will be all my life, but I think the important thing is to have a relevant role in the team.
"If I ever feel that's not the case, I would look at other options. In football, it's very difficult to stay at the top and even more so in a team like Real.
"Moving up to the first team is tricky, not everyone deals with it well. If you learn how to handle it, you realise the value of every minute.
"Maybe in five or 10 minutes you have to go on and be decisive in a game. In football every minute is golden."
Arsenal have been linked in the press over the past few days to have submitted a loan offer for his services until the rest of the season.
While he has not come out and stated, 'I want to go to Arsenal', his comments that he would be open to looking at other options is for now all the club need to hear.
As Mesut Ozil will explain, a quick conversation with Arsene Wenger should be enough to convince him, especially if the situation does not mean leaving Madrid permanently.
Spanish paper Marca revealed yesterday that Morata has 'lost the faith' of Ancelotti, an unused subsitute in the last three matches.
His role is becoming increasingly sparse, or as he would put it, far from the 'relevant' one he wants.
If that continues through January, it may just be enough to persuade him his future lies, temporarily, in North London.
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