Despite having just rejoined Real Madrid from Juventus, Alvaro Morata is desperate for his role within the team to be clarified by Zinedine Zidane.
The Los Blancos academy graduate wants to play regularly and feel like a key part of the squad winning major trophies in the capital. This is a feeling he held in Turin and one he has been promised by the new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
The Italian himself has been in touch with the forward on almost a daily basis to assure him of his role should he join the London club. However, even though a deal appears a way off in terms of finances and Real’s desire to sell, it remains a possibility.
The Spaniard has been on holiday following his impressive Euro 2016 campaign, yet is scheduled to undergo a medical on Wednesday before travelling to Montreal – as part of the club’s pre-season tour. Chelsea’s courtship of the forward has only gone as far as one initial offer up to this point, with the Blues putting €60 million on the table.
Real Madrid’s forward line is currently locked-in with the BBC of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. This has caused Morata to doubt his potential role at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, which could play to Chelsea’s advantage as the summer progresses.
What could become crucial is the reported injury lay-off of Ronaldo, which could keep the Portuguese star out of action until September. If that is the case, then Morata will be confident of being given game time in that period.
The 23-year-old is not just seen as a sporting asset by those in power at the Madrid club, it is well known how much of an economic asset he is too. The knock-on effect of this could be felt just down the road at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, with Atletico Madrid’s pursuit of Diego Costa hinging on Los Merengues’ young attacker heading to Stamford Bridge.
Morata’s decision will become clear this week – following a meeting with Madrid manager Zidane – but, for the moment, all possibilities are open.