Alvaro Morata has insisted he is happy to ‘still stay’ at Juventus after transfers with Barcelona and Arsenal.
Morata originally returned to Juve on loan from Atletico Madrid in September 2020, and the Bianconeri extended that deal for a further season last summer.
Juve have the option of buying the 29-year-old for €35m (£29m/$40m) at the end of the current campaign, but have yet to say whether he will. will retain his services and he has been strongly linked with several other clubs.
What was said?
GOAL reported in December that Barcelona reached a verbal agreement to sign Morata in the winter transfer window, but a deal never came through.
Arsenal are the latest club to be credited with an interest in the Spain international and it has been suggested they will launch a bid when the transfer window reopens, but he would prefer to stay at the Allianz Stadium.
Morata confirmed that Barca tried to bring him to Camp Nou ahead of Juve’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Villarreal on Tuesday, while also revealing that he will see his playing days with the giants. Serie A if it was up to it. him.
Pressed by Barca’s interest and his position in the Juve squad following the arrival of Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina, the striker told a press conference: “It’s not important now. I had a conversation with Allegri about this [Barca’s bid] – he told me that Dusan’s arrival would help me and so it is.
“I’m happy to be at Juventus – if it were up to me, I would still stay here.”
Morata’s record at Juve
Morata won two Serie A titles during his first stint with Juve between 2014 and 2016, cementing his reputation among Europe’s elite centre-forwards.
The Atletico loanee has added two more domestic trophies to his collection since returning to Turin while scoring 28 in 77 appearances in all competitions.
Only five of those goals have come in Serie A for Morata this term, and the competition for places will only increase when Federico Chiesa returns from injury this summer.
It remains to be seen whether Juve will choose to keep the Spaniard, who could still return to Atletico to complete his contract until its expiry date in June 2023.