Juventus boss Antonio Conte has admitted that he has taken a liking to Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, stating that he has the potential to be ‘world class’, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The young striker has attracted interest from a number of European clubs, and Juventus are the latest to take a fancy.
“Morata is a great player with a big future ahead of him,” said Conte.
“I can say with certainty that he could one day be a world class player, but at the moment he plays for Real Madrid and that is also a great club.”
Stalwarts of Spanish football will know what Morata brings to the table. The 21-year-old is a player blessed with pace, height and an eye for goal and certainly a quality addition to any squad. Madrid will be aware of this more than most, and will be reluctantly to let him leave so easily.
Morata has shown flashes of brilliance over the past year, including his golden boot-winning performance at the U-21 European championships. He notched up four goals during the tournament, mainly from the bench. It was those performances, plus 11 goals in 12 games, with the Castilla side last season, which accelerated his progression into the first team.
However he has fallen behind Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez in the pecking order. The forward has made 34 appearances this season but only six starts.
As such has long been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu. For some time, Arsenal looked the likeliest destination, with Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke and reported to have an interest in the young striker; however his future may indeed lie in Turin.
Juventus do have an abundance of attacking talent, with the likes of Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic leading the line. However none of those strikers are below the age of 29, and Conte will no doubt be looking for an injection of young blood in his attempts to sustain their recent success.
Pablo Osvaldo was their most recent attacking acquisition, joining on loan from Southampton. However it is unknown whether Juventus wish to make his stay in Turin permanent, with the striker likely to return to England.
Conte has also given young talent the opportunity to flourish this season, with Paul Pogba establishing himself as key first team player.
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