Morata downplays Real Madrid rumours

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Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has moved to dampen speculation over his future, insisting his agent has not been in discussions with Real Madrid over a potential transfer.

The 23-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers in 2016, and his reputation was further enhanced on Friday night when he bagged a brace in Spain’s 3-0 victory over Turkey.

The rumour mill has been awash with reports claiming that Real Madrid are seriously considering activating the buy-back clause in Morata’s contract, should Juventus agree to let him leave after the Euro 2016 campaign.

Morata claims his representative was not meeting with Real chiefs to discuss his future, although he has admitted that he does not know where he will be plying his trade next season.

“I heard from my agent and he said that the meeting with Real Madrid was purely to discuss Diego Llorente, so they didn’t talk about my situation,” Morata told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I can’t say much to the Juve fans, I’m sorry, but that’s the way it is. I don’t know what the future holds for me.

“All I can say for certain is that I feel at home with Juventus and thank all the fans who continue to send me kind messages. I have many friends in Turin and clearly I’d be sad to leave.

“Juve are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and the biggest in Italy. I am happy there and I am really sorry that I cannot say any more on my future, because it’s not up to me.

“All I can do is continue to wait and do what I am told.”