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Madrid give Morata a bell

Morata y Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid called Álvaro Morata this week to congratulate him on his great performance against Bayern Munich, the sports daily diario ‘As’ reported this Saturday. The Juventus forward, a product of the academy at Valdebebas, played a great game in the return leg of the Champions League Round of 16, although in the end his team […]


19 de marzo de 2016 - Sportyou

Morata y Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid called Álvaro Morata this week to congratulate him on his great performance against Bayern Munich, the sports daily diario ‘As’ reported this Saturday. The Juventus forward, a product of the academy at Valdebebas, played a great game in the return leg of the Champions League Round of 16, although in the end his team were knocked out of the competition.

Emilio Butragueño was entrusted with the task of passing the message on to the young forward. According to the aforementioned newspaper, Real Madrid’s Director of Institutional Relations has been following Morata’s progress closely ever since the youngster decided to try his luck in Italy almost two years ago. Real Madrid do have a buy-back option that they could trigger in either of the next two summer windows, those of 2016 and 2017. But the Blancos also have hanging over them a possible FIFA sanction -which has been temporarily lifted- which would bar them from registering new players in the coming transfer windows.

How much would it cost Real Madrid to buy Morata back?

The price of an operation to buy Morata back will vary depending on the number of games he eventually plays this season. To date, Real Madrid would have to fork out close on €30 million, since the forward has played in more than 50% of all official matches, 21 of 40 so far this season. Morata signed a contract extension with Juventus in December that binds him to the Italian club until 2020 (the previous deal expired in 2019) and he got a considerable pay rise that took him above €4 million net per season. Real Madrid would have to match that salary if they wanted to bring him back.

A few months ago, the sports daily ‘Marca’ published a story telling how Real Madrid had already tried to trigger the buy-back clause, although at the time this did not mean that he would necessarily return as he has a great many suitors and his value could go up after this summer’s 2016 Euros tournament in France. «In Munich everyone was impressed by his performance over the two legs of the tie. The Bayern squad all rushed to congratulate him», sources close to him told ‘As’. The Bavarians’ incoming coach is someone who knows Morata well: none other than Carlo Ancelotti, the manager who led Real Madrid to the Champions League title in 2014.

Check out Álvaro Morata’s information file here.

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