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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Alvaro Morata

June 21, 2016 - 5:50 pm

Real Madrid have officially confirmed the activation of their buy-back on Alvaro Morata.

The Spanish striker was signed by Juventus two seasons ago, but the deal incolved a buy-back clause that allowed Real to purchase the striker for a set fee of €30m for two summers in a row.

Los Merengues confirmed their decision to exercise the option in a brief statement via their website:

“Real Madrid C. F. have informed Juventus FC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the player Álvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane.”

Morata returns to the Spanish capital but it’s unclear whether or not he will remain there, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all interested in signing the striker.

It’s been a magical two years in Turin. You leave as a champion. Adios Alvarito!


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    Sebastián Quiceno June 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    We´ve been officially ripped off from what I see.

    I´ll ellaborate on my opinion later.

    I am pissed 🙁

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      Moderator June 21, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      i am too…..but i also just want to roll with the punches and move on. Looking forward to reading your take on it Seb.

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        Sebastián Quiceno June 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm

        Let´s just say the Pogba or Alves deals somewhat make up for this one, but still we just let this one slip. I think anyone of us here feels bad about this, In essence when you feel like you have been ripped off, you can bet and soon will found out that you just were,

        Like najeeb commented “Juve best forward is gone for that of half of his Market value”. I think we all can agree it is a bad deal, it is just too evident.

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    Mikkel Andersen June 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Get Gabriel Jesus now for 35-40 mill. And keep Pogba unless Madrid give us Kross and Morata plus 50 mill. Then sign Gomes too.

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      Dubaianconeri June 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Pogba shouldn’t be sold. He is the heart and soul of this new Juve. Plus he is a natural baller with exceptional talent.

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    ADP#10 June 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Grazie Alvaro, but now adios! I think Lacazette would be a great replacement! He’s 25, been in great form for the last few seasons, would be relatively cheap and has wages that fit our profile. I hope we make an attempt for him.

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    Jas June 22, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I think we shouldn’t be pessimistic on this. Yes he was arguably our best forward, no doubt best big game player but there was nothing we could do. We basically took a player on loan, he helped us reach the CL final and we made $10 mil profit from it. Given the aging real front line this move made sense for them. I have no doubt we will invest in another great talent. If Batsuhyi arrives I will be more than happy. I honestly think he has more upside than morata. Sure Alvaro was key in big moments but for such large spells off the season he was a ghost. I don’t think he will have as much fun with real. People forget that when he left he said everyone’s ego there was so high. Most players were unapproachable just to converse with. I’m really not pessimistic at all about this, we always knew he’d be gone :/. Now, Beppe will go out and work his magic on another transfer. I loved Alvaro but he was not irreplaceable!! I’d bang my head against the wall if we lost Pogba but we didn’t. I don’t really think this will effect us much, think of how many games Alvaro was MIA… Sure he was big in CL but I have no doubt that Beppe will pull off another world class transfer.

    Possible targets; Bernardo silva, michy batshyai even draxler might still be a target.

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      muhammad najeeb syed June 22, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Draxler seems doubtful for what happened last year.

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        Jas June 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Well Wolfsburg isnt going anywhere this year so he might opt out. Supposedly they want to sell him so man u. With the comments he made, it seems like he regrets not joining Juve.

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    Dubaianconeri June 22, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Shame we lost Alvaro, but this was always going to happen, glad it did sooner rather than later. It sucks because Juve transitioned Alvaro from a bench warmer to a big league starter and handed him back to Madrid on a plate of Gold, as he is about to blossom. This was a bad deal for Juve, hope we dont do this again.

    Anyway moving forward, I like G.Jesus, but he will need a year or so to get accustomed to European football. I think Batshyai might be the best buy, the guy is a menace on the field. Sanchez would be ideal.

    Most important thing is Pogba MUST stay, at all costs!

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    thegutterpoet June 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I have long been accepting of Morata’s departure and I am pleased that the saga has reached its finale. Had he been consistent in his eagerness to stay at Juve perhaps I would feel something other than a shrug of the shoulders, but this is not the case. Without doubt he has the potential to become a world class centre forward, yet contrast him, as a man, as a player, with Dybala, who not only has the potential to become a true great, but potentially one of the most bedazzling players ever to don boots and shirt for any club.

    Alvaro’s season has been haphazard. He has played a minor role in our glory. Perhaps his head and heart were wavering, already in a Chelsea shirt for example. Perhaps his agent told him what would transpire many moons ago. For whilst its endearing to assert that his romantic misendeavour has played its part in his hit and miss season, yes I enjoy such inklings, but its not the kind of player I want at Juve, spearheading our attack.

    He had a fine season in 14/15 and yet has proven inconsistent in 15/16. Have we lost out? From some standpoints, yet from others we have made 10m, made the most of a stellar campaign which took us so close to supreme success. And now he moves on and we are 10m the better with a squad accustomed to seeing Alvaro on the bench.

    No, there is nothing to shed tears for. Nor is there any criticism to be legitimately focused on the club for agreeing to such a deal. He is a major talent. The only way we could sign him was to make the deal we made. He helped hugely our voyage to a champions league final and yet…he did not find love for juve. He could well have dug in his heels and demanded he stay at our beloved club, but he didnt. SO…I will not wish him luck, I will proffer solely good riddance. For I only wish to see at the club those who love the shirt, who will die for our shared cause, who will give their all in every match, albeit a Serie A fixture against Frosinone or champions league knockout game against Munich. That is not Morata and never would have been. So dry your eyes, stop criticising the club and find hope and confidence for our journey towards ever more brilliant glory.

    Trust in the Beppe/Fabio tandem that has returned us to the elite and believe in our destiny, which leads unerringly to triumph on the grandest stage of them all…

    Forza Juve.

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      JuveMarchisio June 22, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Extremely well put

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      Jas June 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Fully agree with all statements here! Morata was a ghost most of the time we actually needed him. Lets face it, he did have an amazing game vs Bayern but there were spells throughout the season were he’d go 10-15 games without a single goal. Dybala on the on the other hand has a chance to become one of the best the game has ever seen. Bottom line is that we ended up profiting from this move, all parties involved walked away somewhat satisfied. Rumours of Zaza leaving are spreading like wildfire, supposedly Wolfsburg offered 25million plus bonuses for him. If this is the case, I’d sell in a heartbeat. Between 30million for Morata and 20+ for Zaza we can go out and actually buy world class talent. If that happens to be Sanchez I’d be over the moon but I dont think he will leave. In any case, we have quite a bit of money to spend now. I liked Morata but I dont ever see him becoming consistent enough to be world class. We all know how impatient the board is at Madrid, if he has a bust season everyone will be pounding on them for not selling at an even bigger profit. We lost a good player but NOT one of our best and that is enough for me to shrugg my shoulders.

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        thegutterpoet June 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

        We have plenty of cash, Jas…and I would rather retain Zaza, for if Mandzukic becomes crippled, he is the obvious man to turn to, and his tendency to remain up top, may well actually work well with Dybala’s roaming and Pjanic’s creativity, if given a chance to mesh and thereafter blossom. For we need four classy forwards. One has gone, and Morata must be replaced, mainly his pace and finishing. The departure of pace is augmented by Cuadrado, who may well have his faults, yet his pace helped us out in many games.

        yes yes! Sanchez would be wondrous, yet he earns huge money at Arsenal and I suspect he is more interested in the gold than the glory. Time will tell on that score.

        I do not believe that Morata is set to become part of the Real squad. They will sell him on for a bountiful profit. Most likely to one of the many monied premier league clubs. Again, this points to Morata seeking gold more than glory, so good riddance.

        We need players who wish to become part of the club, not see us a stepping stone, but a club where they find their home, a family and the year upon year opportunity to make history.

        I suspect that Morata will become a recognised star striker, yet stick to my earlier assertion that Dybala will become a true great of the ages…

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          Jas June 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

          My argument is that we will have Ganz to replace Zaza. If we have to sell Zaza to get a world class striker and use Ganz as the third striker, I think it would be a win win situation for all. We are getting Ganz for free, what a bargain!! I am in full agreement with you here, Dybala will become one of the best that have ever played.

          I think Real will give Morata a chance, but their patience will turn cold as soon his goals dry up as we’ve seen with plenty of other players. I can see them selling him by next summer at an inflated price to a premier league club.

          Your last point is the most critical one about players wanting to become part of the club. I think the biggest cause of concern is Serie A itself. Lets face it, we need for it to become better as a league!! It breaks my heart to see what has become of AC Milan. Hopefully with these new chinese investments we will see a higher quality of player. I am actually betting on it, after that the key will be to retain the 4th champions league spot we lost.

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            thegutterpoet June 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

            Ganz? Untested in Serie A, had a decent season in Serie B? He has proven nothing. Yet you are suggesting he is a bargain for the first team?

            Serie A has failed to market itself as well as the premier league. The economic matters also play into this. We are playing catch up, yet I feel Juve as a club are doing very well indeed. We are not way off the others capable of consistently challenging for top honours. Yes it bothers and saddens me immensely to see AC in such trauma, yet this is down to mismanagement

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      muhammad najeeb syed June 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      “For I only wish to see at the club those who love the shirt, who will die for our shared cause, who will give their all in every match, albeit a Serie A fixture against Frosinone or champions league knockout game against Munich. That is not Morata and never would have been.”

      I tend to disagree with your assessment . This year he unselfishly provided the assist for dybala against frosinone. Against Verona he scored 2 goals. Against Palermo he provided an unselfish assist to zaza. Against Bologna He provided 2 assists and scored a goal. Against Sampordia (home) when scudetto was already won and he still sitting on the bench in which he should have started.He came off the bench and provided an assist.This tells the love of him for juve jersy.Played every game and gave his 100%.Things did not work for him .These type of patches come in players carrear. Even Platini had a bad patch.

      Dybala interview today on not going in olympics” They considered all the circumstances, we are aiming to win the Champions League so they want everyone to have a good pre-season.”
      From it is clear Juve primary objective is to lift CL. Does morata performing better in CL than seria A hurts juve?.Why morata performs better in CL than seria? . The open style and lot of spaces in CL suits morata style. Being a clutch player is not a weakness imo .Its a strong point.

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    BelgianJuventino June 23, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Oh well, we all knew this was likely to happen. I’ll miss Alvaro, I was a fan of him. But Juve has seen bigger stars than him leave and do fine after it, we will do so again.

    30m ready to spend, 25mill “saved” on not getting Berardi, that should be 55mill ready for a quality replacement.

    I wouldn’t sell off Zaza too, unless he would express such a desire. And if we do sell him it should be for no less than 30mill.

    I don’t understand why the press links players as Draxler and Sanchez to Juve again, they aren’t strikers and we already have our trequartista player. Recycled garbage news.

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      muhammad najeeb syed June 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Sanchez and Draxlr both can play as SS

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        BelgianJuventino June 24, 2016 at 7:04 am

        Sanchez is better as RW and Draxler as CAM. Sanchez is valued 55mill by Arsenal and Draxler already backfired on us once. What makes either one a valuable target?

        We should get an actual striker instead imo

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          grazie padoin June 29, 2016 at 8:29 pm

          Sanchez is Not better as RW. He prefersLW.But both have the attributes to play as a secondary striker.