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Alvaro Morata does not appear ready to become a bit-part player at Real Madrid next season

Alvaro Morata has hinted that he would be open to securing a transfer away from Real Madrid in the summer if he is not guaranteed regular first-team football at the club.

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The Spain striker has rejoined the La Liga side after Real Madrid opted to activate the buy-back clause in the forward’s contract and bring him back to the club.

Morata has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months and has been touted as a target for both Chelsea and Arsenal this summer.

There have been widespread suggestions that Real Madrid are preparing to offload the forward and sell him on at a profit this summer, with the Premier League thought to be his most likely destination.

Now, the player’s latest comments seem to suggest that Morata will be unwilling to play a bit-part role at Madrid next season.

Speaking to Spanish TV channel Cuatro, Morata said: “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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