Zinedine Zidane has warned rival clubs that striker Alvaro Morata is not for sale, after re-signing the 23-year-old from Juventus this summer.
The Spain international only rejoined the club last month, after two years in Serie A with Juve, but widespread reports had linked the striker with an immediate departure from the Santiago Bernabeu, in order for Los Blancos to make a substantial profit.
Morata was allowed to leave the Spanish capital in 2014, after failing to gain regular first-team football under former boss Carlo Ancelotti, but he has since excelled in Italy and for Spain at this summer's European Championships, with the player firmly within Zidane's plans.
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Real met the €30 million buy-back clause to bring Morata back to the Santiago Bernabeu, after selling him to Juve for €20 million just two seasons ago. But beliefs that the Spaniard was simply going to be used as a money-making tool, in order to make a substantial profit, have been rejected by Zidane.
As reported by Sky Sports, speaking following Real's 3-2 International Champions Cup friendly victory over Chelsea, Zidane said: "He's a Madrid player, we're delighted with him.
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"We are delighted to have him back, back to his original home. He will remain a Madrid player."
Both Chelsea and Arsenal had been linked with a £67 million for the striker, however, plans for either of the London clubs to sign the player have now been quashed, while Diego Costa's Chelsea future is still uncertain.
Following the Blues' friendly defeat to Real Madrid, Conte admitted he was unsure whether the Spain striker would still be at the club come the end of the transfer window. Although, the likeness of Chelsea spending £67 million on Morata after splashing out £33 million on Michy Batshuayi is unlikely, anyway.
Zidane was also quizzed on his interest in Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, but refused to get drawn in on the topic, saying: "There are rumours about tons of players potentially linked with this club,
"He is a very, very good player. Obviously all clubs want the best players but he is a Chelsea player."
Although Hazard has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time, it remains unlikely to happen in the near future, with Conte already facing losing one of his attacking players, in Costa, this summer.
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