Champions League forward reveals talks with Pochettino about Tottenham move
By Dominic Toner
Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata has revealed that he spoke to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino about a move to White Hart Lane last summer.
The 24-year-old has been impressing for the Spanish giants this season and scored 16 goals in 35 appearances, including three in seven during the Champions League.
He spent last season on loan at Juventus and Madrid activated a £23million buy-back clause in his contract to bring him back to the Bernabeu.
Morata has revealed that he spoke to Pochettino and Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte about a move to the Premier League, stating that he was keen on the idea.
However, Madrid decided to ignore any enquiries and decided to keep the Spain international in their squad.
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“Various Premier League coaches called to tell me to play for them,” Morata told the Guardian. “I said yeah, I’d like to, that if I had to leave I would almost certainly go to London, but that I didn’t know what Madrid would do.
“I knew they’d bring me back but I didn’t know if it was to keep me or sell me. I spoke directly to Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, although the norm is clubs call my dad or agent. Madrid said they didn’t want to sell, so here I am.”
Spurs were in the market for a forward last season and it has emerged that they missed out on Madrid striker.
However, they did manage to buy Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar and he has endured a frustrating first season.
The 22-year-old has scored just five goals in 34 appearances for the north London club and has been unable to provide fierce competition for Harry Kane.
Meanwhile, Morata could feature on Wednesday night as Madrid play Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have made an emphatic decision about a £13million-rated Champions League ace.