Juventus loanee Alvarno Morata keen to stay beyond the season end

‘I would gladly stay here for life if I had the chance’: Alvaro Morata insists he is keen to carry on at Juventus past his season-long loan spell after netting his 17th goal of the season for Serie A giants… but admits ‘we players don’t have much choice’

  • Alvaro Morata is enjoying second spell at Juventus, on loan from Atletico Madrid
  • Spaniard said this week that he would gladly stay at the Serie A club ‘for life’ 
  • He then admitted ‘we players don’t have much choice’ on where they play
  • Morata scored his 17th goal of the season against Fiorentina at the weekend 

Alvaro Morata insists he would love to stay at Juventus past his season-long loan spell this season, but he ‘doesn’t have much choice’ in the matter.

The former Chelsea striker returned to the Allianz Arena in September on a loan spell from Atletico Madrid, and he has netted 17 goals in all competitions this season.

Despite his impressive form and desire to stay with the Serie A giants though, Morata admits he doesn’t have much say in where he goes next. 

Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring his 17th goal of the season for Juventus on Sunday

The Spanish striker insists he would love to stay at the Serie A giants for the rest of his career

The Spanish striker insists he would love to stay at the Serie A giants for the rest of his career

‘Everyone knows I would gladly stay here for life if I had the chance, but this is a profession, football is a business and a lot of the time we players don’t have much choice,’ Morata told Sky Italia after Sunday’s draw with Fiorentina.

Juventus have endured a difficult season so far and currently sit fourth in Serie A, a long way off the pace of leaders Inter Milan.

In fact, with just five matches to go, they have 16 points to make up on their rivals, meaning just one more win for Inter Milan will make it mathematically impossible for Juve to retain their title.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co have been unable to get any higher than fourth so far this season

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co have been unable to get any higher than fourth so far this season

Andrea Pirlo's side are heading towards their first season in 10 years without winning the title

Andrea Pirlo’s side are heading towards their first season in 10 years without winning the title

Speaking about the weekend’s draw at Fiorentina, Morata said: ‘We could have scored more, but we didn’t manage. We had a better attitude in the second half, which will make us win the next games.

‘I look serious because I don’t like not winning. We are having a difficult season. This year has been so difficult. It doesn’t matter who scores. It counts to win games. Today we proved we could win it.’

Morata is Juve’s second-top scorer this season with 15 Serie A goals, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s 29. 

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Fiorentina 1-1 Juventus: Super sub Alvaro Morata spares Old Lady’s blushes with brilliant equaliser

Fiorentina 1-1 Juventus: Alvaro Morata spares Old Lady’s blushes by curling brilliant equaliser just seconds after coming on at half-time… but Andrea Pirlo’s side can drop out of Serie A top four this weekend 

  • Juventus could fall out of the top four this weekend after drawing at Fiorentina  
  • The hosts took the lead through Dusan Vlahovic’s first-half Panenka penalty 
  • At half-time, Andrea Pirlo brought Alvaro Morata on, who scored instantly
  • The Spaniard curled home a brilliant equaliser seconds after the restart
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wasted a good chance to score a late winner from close range

Alvaro Morata played the role of Juventus super sub as the forward curled home just seconds after coming on at half-time to save his side from defeat at Fiorentina. 

With Andrea Pirlo’s side losing 1-0 at half-time through Dusan Vlahovic’s penalty, the Spaniard fired a brilliant effort from a difficult angle to earn the Old Lady a point in Florence. 

The result does not help Juventus’ top-for chances, however, with Atalanta and Napoli both able to drop Pirlo’s men down to fifth in the Serie A table should they win their Sunday and Monday fixtures respectively. 

Alvaro Morata played the role as super sub as he earned Juventus a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina

The Spaniard curled home a brilliant equaliser just seconds after coming on at half-time

The Spaniard curled home a brilliant equaliser just seconds after coming on at half-time

Juventus were outplayed by their opponents in the first-half with Wojciech Szczesny denying Vlahovic in a one-on-one before Erick Pulgar struck the Juventus goalkeeper’s post with a deflected effort. 

Fiorentina were rewarded for their positive endeavours in the opening 45 minutes when Adrien Rabiot was deemed to have handled inside the box after a VAR check, with Vlahovic clipping home a Panenka penalty past Szczesny from 12 yards out. 

Aaron Ramsey missed a glorious chance before half-time to bring the Old Lady level but poked wide from inside the box.

Juventus had deservedly fallen behind at half-time through Dusan Vlahovic's Panenka penalty

Juventus had deservedly fallen behind at half-time through Dusan Vlahovic’s Panenka penalty

Cristiano Ronaldo was guilty of missing chances after half-time as Juventus dropped points

Though Andrea Pirlo’s half-time team talk and formation changed seemed to work as substitute Morata took less than a minute to find his name on the scoresheet, curling home a fabulous effort from a near-impossible angle with his weaker left foot. 

Both sides enjoyed spells of dominance after the Juventus equaliser, with Fiorentina fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table. 

Midfielder Pulgar tested Szczesny once again from distance, while Giorgio Chiellini and fellow half-time substitute Dejan Kulusevski missed chances for the visitors. 

Juventus can drop out of the top-four should Atalanta and Napoli both win this weekend

Juventus can drop out of the top-four should Atalanta and Napoli both win this weekend

Cristiano Ronaldo missed the biggest chance of all when he failed to connect to a dangerous cross just a few yards out with five minutes remaining.  

The draw means Fiorentina, led by Franck Ribery, are now six points above 18th-placed Cagliari in the final relegation place with five games left – though their rivals have a game in hand. 

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