According to recent Spanish sources, Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata decided to let Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti know exactly how he felt over recent events during a heated dressing room bust-up.
The Spanish U21 striker has barely featured for Real Madrid this season, both in the league and in the cup competitions. Making just one La Liga start all season, the striker’s frustrations have been growing – especially as fellow Castilla striker Jese Rodriguez has established himself as Real Madrid’s new poster boy.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur amongst others have been linked with a move for the striker. However, Morata has refuted claims of a permanent exit, yet he hasn’t ruled out a move on loan, citing the need for frst team football:
'It's important to have a proper role in the team,' he said. 'I've been at Real Madrid my whole life and I've been a Real Madrid fan since I was a boy. I will be all my life but it's important to have an important role.
'If the moment comes that I don't, I will look at other options. Staying at Real Madrid is complicated.
'Playing five or 10 minutes is okay if you accept it. You have the chance to get on the pitch and try to change a game in a short space of time. Every minute in football is gold.'
Carlo Ancelotti on the other hand had previously ruled out any business during the January transfer window, and was adamant that Morata doesn't want to leave, adding:
“He hasn’t asked to go, he is happy here and he will stay because we need him this year”
However, with Morata’s desperation for more minutes on the pitch, his feelings seem to have gotten the better of him as he confronted Ancelotti to the shock of his fellow team-mates.
Former Manchester United star Cristian Ronaldo reportedly had to restrain Morata as the argument heated, pleading with his fellow striker to calm his conduct.
Where do Real Madrid, Ancelotti and Morata go from here? A time away from the club at least on loan might just be the perfect scenario and it is a move that would benefit all parties involved. Should Arsenal take advantage of the situation? Given their lack of numbers up top and previous interest, they would be barmy not to.
Over to you Monsieur Wenger.
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