Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits Alvaro Morata could leave the club amid Manchester United rumours

Ramos wants Morata to stay but it is looking increasingly likely the Spain striker will leave the European champions this summer, with a move to the Premier League most likely

Monday 12 June 2017 10:23 BST
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Ramos hopes that the Spain striker will remain at the club
Ramos hopes that the Spain striker will remain at the club

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has admitted that he does not know if Alvaro Morata will still be at the club next season, as Manchester United look to step up their interest in the Spain international.

Morata returned to Real from Juventus at the beginning of last season, when the club activated a €30m buy-back clause in his contract.

However he has only started 14 La Liga matches and one Champions League game, and has been used mostly as a back-up to established first-team choice Karim Benzema.

Despite his limited game time he has still managed to score 20 goals in all competitions and is wanted by a number of clubs across Europe, with Ramos admitting the striker could well leave the club.

“I have a special affection for him and I always wish him the best,” Ramos said when asked about Morata’s future following Spain’s qualifying win over Macedonia on Sunday.

“It is not up to me if he stays.”

Morata wants to leave Real a year after resigning for them

Manchester United are increasingly confident they can push through a deal for Morata, with the player himself keen on a deal.

Real have been insisting on a fee of £78m but, given that they want to press ahead with upgrading their own forward line with the pursuit of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, there is a belief at Old Trafford that figure will come down.

Morata himself is said to be hugely excited at the idea of coming to United and the Premier League, and is cold on the idea of returning to Serie A with AC Milan, having previously played for Juventus.

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