Juventus general director: Alvaro Morata wants to stay despite Manchester United links

by Tanveer Arayan

Alvaro Morata wants to stay at Juventus despite rumoured interest from Manchester United, according to their general director Giuseppe Marotta.

Reports in Spain recently have suggested that Real Madrid plan to activate Morata’s €30m buy-back option during the summer, solely so they can sell him to a Premier League side for an instant profit.

Arsenal and Chelsea registered their interest in Morata but the player was said to be most keen on a move to Man United and a potential reunion with Jose Mourinho, who is said to be the front-runner to replace Louis van Gaal in the event of the Dutchman’s exit at Old Trafford. But Marotta claimed that Morata is instead keen on staying at Juventus.

“Keeping Morata at the club is an important objective for us, but what happens at the Champions League final [Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid] may have much to do with his future. We’ll do all we can to fulfil his wishes to stay in Turin, where he feels he is at a club that is perfect for his career development,” Marotta said.

“Morata’s future doesn’t solely depend on Juventus despite our desire for him to remain here, but the outcome of the conversations with Real Madrid will dictate his future.”

Marcus Rashford has performed admirably up top in recent months for United but it is unrealistic for the club to rely on him at this early stage in his career.

Bringing in Morata would be a step in the right direction as United look to reestablish themselves in the summer but the player may need some convincing.

Juventus regularly win Serie A and challenge in the Champions League but United are firmly a club in transition. It remains to be see what will happen in the summer.

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