Juventus striker Alvaro Morata expresses desire to stay put

Alvaro Morata

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata insists he's content to remain in Turin despite reported interest from Arsenal and talk of a potential return to Real Madrid.

Morata made a big-money switch from Real Madrid to the reigning Serie A champions last summer and has thrived as a starting striker, a role he was unable to find at the Santiago Bernabeu, even showing up fellow Spain international Fernando Llorente.

Morata is expected to lead Spain’s line in their upcoming match against the Ukraine on Friday evening in Sevilla, where he will wear legendary Real Madrid striker Raul's number '7' shirt.

But despite the plaudits coming his way and mounting transfer talk, the 22-year-old insists via talkSPORT that he has no interest in returning to the Spanish capital or "any other club".

He said: "Even thinking about it, let alone talking about it, would be a show of disrespect to my club, coach and teammates.

"I feel so happy and comfortable that I have no reason to stop and think about Real Madrid or any other club."

Real Madrid have a £21 million buy-back option on Morata that they are considering activating this summer, but with nine goals in 31 games and consistent minutes in Max Allegri's starting XI, Morata has no reason to return to the bench at the Bernabeu.

Morata's performances in Europe and domestic competition have not gone unnoticed by Europe's top clubs as Arsenal and Liverpool, who were linked with the Spanish star before joining Juventus, are said to still be interested in the star – according to the Express - but will undoubtedly face a higher asking price than Real Madrid.

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