Juventus forward Alvaro Morata has admitted he could return to Real Madrid in the summer.
Morata joined Juve in 2014 and is currently in his second season in Turin, but Real retain a buy-back option and could decide to exercise that clause in order to bring back their homegrown striker in July.
“It’s a real option,” Morata told Goal in an exclusive interview. “Everybody knows that. But what I want is for all this buy-back deadline stuff to end.
“I want to belong to my club, to know that I will be there for several years and to look to the future.”
Madrid’s buy-back option is valid this summer and next, but the Spanish side will be unable to sign players in 2017 unless their Fifa-imposed transfer ban is lifted.
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“It doesn’t have to be at Real Madrid,” Morata added. “But what I want is to know where I am going to be and where I will spend the next few years.”
Morata says he is constant contact with Madrid’s director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno, who took a similar route through the youth system at Castilla before starring with Real and Spain.
“I’m always really grateful to Butragueno,” he said. “He asks me how I am doing, he congratulates me when I score… I will always be grateful.
“I believe you have to take care of the kids from the youth team, the ones coming through, and people like Butragueno know how to do that.
“He has worn the Real Madrid shirt, he came through the youth system and he was an international. He and others are concerned with how you are doing and many aspects.
“For example: I also speak with [Fernando] Morientes from time to time and it makes me proud because when I was little I would wait for him to sign my shirts.”
Morata’s current club, Juventus, were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich and the forward now hopes his former team can go on to lift the trophy at San Siro in May.
“Of course I am rooting for Real Madrid [in the Champions League] now,” he said. “I want my friends to win it. I would be very happy if they could lift the trophy.”
Before that, Madrid face the latest Clasico against Barcelona at Camp Nou on April 2 and the 23-year-old believes Zinedine Zidane’s side can win the famous fixture on their rivals’ turf.
“Madrid have a chance of winning it,” he said. “They have an incredible attack and you can see that when they are together on the pitch, and when they play well, they are one of the most dangerous teams in Europe. Of course they can win the Clasico.”