Strike target ready to stay

Alvaro Morata has distanced himself from talk linking him with Chelsea, insisting he wants to fight for a place in Real Madrid’s team.

Chelsea: Strike target ready to stayChelsea: Strike target ready to stay

The 23-year-old is set to return to the Bernabeu once his time with the Spain squad at Euro 2016 comes to an end after Real activated a buyback clause in the striker’s contract with Juventus.

The Italians have confirmed Morata will leave this summer and move to back Madrid, who are then expected to sell him on with offers on the table from a trio of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea.

The Blues are eager to add more firepower to their side and are said to have offered in the region of 50million euros for Morata.

However, the striker says he would rather stay with last season’s Champions League winners than move on to Chelsea, claiming he wants to prove himself to the Bernabeu faithful.

He told Spanish TV channel Cuatro: “I do not have to prove anything. I am no longer a Castilla (Real Madrid’s reserve team) player. Madrid will decide if I am capable. If not, another decision will have to be taken.

“I want to be one more at Madrid and fight for a place. I am a Madrid player and I cannot say anything. I would love to continue at Madrid, but I want to be important and fight for a place.”

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