Serie A striker delivers blow to Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Alvaro Morata is set to deliver a blow to his Premier League admirers by agreeing a new Juventus contract.
The £30million-rated striker is in talks with the Serie A champions about extending his current deal, which expires in 2019.
Morata told Spanish radio station Cadena SER: “I’m discussing a contract renewal with Juventus and it’s all going smoothly.”
The former Real Madrid man, 23, has attracted the interest of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, for his Champions League performances in Juve’s remarkable 2014-15 campaign.
Morata scored goals in both of the Italian club’s semi-finals against Real Madrid and added another in their 3-1 final defeat to Barcelona.
He has not been able to reach those same heights for Juve this season and has scored just three goals in 14 appearances.
“This season was more complicated especially because of the injuries and because sometimes I don’t play in my ideal position,” Morata added.
“We miss [Andrea] Pirlo and [Fernando] Llorente, personally I miss Fernando more. If he hadn’t been there last season I wouldn’t have done as well. Pirlo is one of those players who guarantees you 10/15 points just because of set pieces.”
Asked about Real’s buy-back option in the deal that took him from the Bernabeu to Turin, Morata said: “Because recently I haven’t scored as many goals the subject isn’t as important.”