Zi­dane in­sists Mo­rata is stay­ing

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REAL Madrid have no in­ten­tion of mak­ing a quick profit on striker Al­varo Mo­rata after the Cham­pi­ons League win­ners opted to take him back to the Bern­abeu from Ju­ven­tus last month, the Span­ish side’s man­ager Zine­dine Zi­dane has said.

Real sold Mo­rata to Ju­ven­tus two sea­sons ago but in­cluded a buy-back clause in his con­tract, which they ex­er­cised in July after the for­ward scored 27 goals in 93 games in Italy and three for Spain dur­ing the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

Me­dia re­ports in Spain and Bri­tain sug­gested that Real would cash in on the 23-year-old by sell­ing him on im­me­di­ately, with Arse­nal and Chelsea said to be vy­ing for his sig­na­ture, but Zi­dane in­sisted Mo­rata was part of his plans.

“Yes, Mo­rata is a Real Madrid player,” he told re­porters in Michi­gan fol­low­ing his team’s 3-2 win over Chelsea in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup at the week­end.

“We’re de­lighted to have him back, back to his orig­i­nal home. He’s go­ing to re­main a Real Madrid player.” — Su­perS­port

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