Juventus manager Antonio Conte claims Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata “has the potential to become a world-class attacker” amid reports he wants to sign the forward.
The 21-year-old is highly rated in Spain but hasn’t been able to secure a spot in the starting eleven at the Santiago Bernabeu this season and fell behind Jese Rodriguez in the pecking order in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.
The Italian champions have been strongly linked to the Spanish Under-21 international in recent months and could make a move before his contract expires next summer.
“Morata is a great player and has a big future ahead of him,” Conte told Madrid-based sports daily, Marca.
“I can say with certainty that he has the potential to become a world-class attacker. However, he is a Real Madrid player at this point.”
Morata has featured 22 times in all competitions this season but has only played the full 90-minutes on two occasions, something that could persuade him to join the Serie A giants. There would be no shortage of interest for the forward, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal.
A move away from Madrid could come down to whether Carlo Ancelotti is able bring in another forward this summer, with rumours suggesting Luis Suarez is his number one target.