Zinedine Zidane provides latest Chelsea transfer update on Alvaro Morata

Zinedine Zidane talks up Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata amid rumoured interest from Chelsea

Zinedine Zidane has underlined his desire to keep Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata amid reported interest from the Premier League.

Los Blancos activated their buyback clause in Morata’s Juventus contract and brought the centre-forward back to The Bernabeu this summer.

However, the 11-time European champions are rumoured to be prepared to sell the Spain international for a big fee before the summer transfer window closes.

Chelsea are reportedly interested in the 23-year-old centre-forward after Morata played for Antonio Conte’s former employers Juventus between 2014 and 2016.

However, Madrid manager Zidane has underlined his satisfaction that Morata is back “home” ahead of the 2016/17 La Liga campaign.

“As for [Alvaro] Morata he’s a player of this squad, he’s back and I’m glad about that,” Zidane is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News HQ. “He’s home, he knows what it means to play here and I’m glad that he’s back with us.

“Alvaro is an added resource for our team.”

Morata won two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and finished as a Champions League runner-up during two seasons in Turin.

Chelsea have been linked with a host of players in the summer transfer window but Conte has only completed two deals so far.

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Michy Batshuayi became Chelsea’s first summer arrival after the Blues agreed a £34m deal with Ligue 1 side Marseille for the striker.

The Blues wrapped up a big-money deal to sign Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante at the weekend.

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