Arsenal dealt striker blow by Ancelotti

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that young striker Alvaro Morata will not be leaving the club in January, despite being heavily linked with a Premier League switch.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham had been credited with the most interest in taking the young Spaniard on loan, with the Gunners need for a striker pushing Morata to the top of their wishlist.

However, now it seems they will have to explore other avenues after Ancelotti shut the Real Madrid exit door.

The Italian said: "He doesn't lack anything, his only problem is the competition for places. This is Real Madrid.

"I have not spoken with him and there is nothing to speak about. No one has asked for him and, if a team did come in for him, the answer would be a clear no. He is staying."

Despite making just one start so far this season, Morata is held in high regard by Real Madrid staff and fans alike, with the club clearly not keen on allowing a home-grown talent to depart the Bernabeu.

The striker himself has also dispelled any rumours of a departure.

"Real Madrid have been my team since I was little and will be all my life. Moving up to the first team is tricky.

"In football, it's very difficult to stay at the top and even more so in a team like Real," the youngster said.

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