Former Real Madrid boss Vicente del Bosque has encouraged Zinedine Zidane to keep Alvaro Morata at the Bernabeu this summer.
The Spaniard’s agent Juanma Lopez confirmed earlier this month that his client wants to leave Madrid following another season on the periphery under Zinedine Zidane.
Morata has reportedly left his honeymoon in Ibiza and travelled to Madrid to speed up the deal – something that has been partly obscured by Cristiano Ronaldo exit rumours and Florentino Perez’s desire to optimise the figure for the 24-year-old to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe.
But Del Bosque, speaking earlier this week, has encouraged Madrid to keep the Spaniard.
“What is good for him is mainly that he plays but I think he is doing very well at Real Madrid,” he said.
“It is a shame if he leaves, but I have always said that it is an enrichment factor for our football that our players have been able to go abroad and have been able to play.
“It will not be a problem for the Spanish team. He has demonstrated its qualities. He is a player with very good physical and technical attributes, but the process of maturation of players is not always the same.
“Many times risks are taken, especially for the amounts of money that are being discussed.”
The former World Cup winner isn’t the only one who wants Morata to stay. Perez has publicly advocated the 24-year-old staying at Madrid and manager Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want to see him leave either. He was, after all, Madrid’s second top scorer last season after Cristiano Ronaldo and has a better goals to minute ratio than Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.
But 14 La Liga starts last season, and just 44 over the last four years, is simply not enough for a player with so much to offer. Seeing him feature on a regular basis at Old Trafford won’t just be a matter of interest to United fans, but indeed to football followers everywhere.