Alvaro Morata.

Atletico Madrid made €70m bid for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata

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Alvaro Morata has been the subject of much interest throughout the summer transfer window.

Despite having resigned for Real Madrid from Juventus, the Spain international quickly became a transfer target for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

In the end, Morata opted to stay at the Bernabeu to work with Zinedine Zidane, who expressed his happiness at securing the striker.


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The Frenchman said: "He's a Madrid player, we're delighted with him.

"We are delighted to have him back, back to his original home. He will remain a Madrid player."

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But believe it or not, there was once a possibility that Morata would be a Madrid player for Atletico, not Real.

According to AS, Diego Simeone launched a huge €70 million bid to sign the 23-year-old and bolster his attacking options.

Zidane rejected Atletico's approach, of course, which saw Los Rojiblancos then target former striker Diego Costa but eventually sign Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla.

It's been a difficult start for Antoine Griezmann and co. to the new La Liga season having won just two points from a possible six in their opening two games.

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There's a great deal of frustration at the Vicente Calderon after Simeone's side drew 0-0 with newly-promoted side Leganes on Saturday.

Atletico's manager has asked his players - and the club's fans - to remain calm and be patient.

"I absolutely think that with work and enthusiasm we will find what we are looking for," he said. "This is the way.

"In other matches we had fewer chances to score and we scored and in these first two games it's been the opposite. Now, we have to be calm and continue working.

CD Leganes v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga

"The team is eager to demonstrate the full potential. I'm very happy with the work of the players."

Griezmann is growing particularly frustrated with Atletico's form, even going as far to say they could face a relegation battle if they don't improve.

"If we continue like this, we will fight for relegation.

"We are angry, we must shake up because otherwise we will be out of hand. We must begin to be ourselves."

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