Arsenal and Liverpool given encouragement from striker target

Date published: Friday 25th March 2016 11:28 - James Marshment

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, who is reported to be on the radar of Arsenal and Liverpool, has admitted that English football would best suit his style of play.

Real Madrid are planning to exercise their right to re-sign Morata from Juventus this summer for £24million but will then look to sell him to the highest bidder.

Morata, who has also been linked with a move to Tottenham, has scored 26 goals in 90 appearances for the Italian giants, but feels his record would improve in a less tactical league.

“I am happy in Italy but Germany and England are both countries where my style of football could be better suited,” he told Marca.

“I like the Premier League a lot because of the way football is played there. It’s more attractive for a striker because it is not as tactical as in Italy.”

Morata insists he would be happy to stay at Juventus but added: “Italy is a great place to learn your trade but it is the worst country for a striker to try to shine in.

“I am not used to having to run almost 14 km in a game – they are the numbers of a midfielder. But all this is serving me well for my future.”

The young striker who won a Champions League medal under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid two years ago, and reached the final again last year with Juventus, has indicated that he does not want to return to the Spanish capital.

Of the buy-back clause that Madrid look set to exercise this summer he said: “No one ever talks about this clause when I go on a run when I can’t score under a rainbow. But every time I start scoring the topic comes up.”

Morata is set to start on Friday for Spain in Udine in a friendly against Italy that will see him try to beat his club team-mate Gianluigi Buffon. The pair have already agreed to swap shirts at the end of the game.

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