Arsenal target Alvaro Morata now happy and not keen to move

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata looks set for a stay at the Bernabeu.

A striker reported to be on the verge of moving to Arsenal this summer now looks as if he will be staying at Real Madrid after all.

Alvaro Morata was reported by Spanish newspaper AS and correspondent Guillem Balague to have told the club in late February that he planned a summer switch to the Gunners.

A public statement from the under-21 international now certainly indicates otherwise.

The Real Madrid forward told reporters after the weekend's 4-0 win over Almeria:

"I’m happy here, I grew up at Real Madrid, and have a connection with this club.

"If the club still wants me then I’ll stay. It’s clear that Ancelotti trusts me. He’s given me the opportunity to earn minutes."

It did not look that way a month ago, when Morata found himself frozen out by the Italian, but an injury to teammate Jese Rodriguez has opened the door for the striker.

He has taken advantage in recent weeks, netting four goals since being recalled to the side including a superb chip at the weekend.

So long as he continues to be of use in Madrid, it looks unlikely he will move on.

Even this summer if Real go out and buy a top established forward to compete with Karim Benzema, if Morata continues to show his value between now and the end of the season, Ancelotti is likely to keep him around - and that means Arsenal and also interested Inter Milan will have to continue to look elsewhere.

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