Real Madrid Rejected €80M Offer For Morata

The European champions have decided to keep the 23-year-old striker at the club and have assured him he will be handed a fair crack at a place in their starting XI.

Real Madrid rejected an offer of 80 million euros ($89M) for Alvaro Morata before deciding to keep the striker at the Santiago Bernabeu, Goal Spainreports.

Morata was pursued by Chelsea and Arsenal, among others, after Madrid exercised a buy-back clause to re-sign him from Juventus for €30 million ($33M).

Morata’s agents met with Madrid on Thursday and a €60 million ($66M) bid was turned down. An improved €80 million offer from an unnamed club was dismissed Monday after another meeting.


It was expected that the European champions would immediately sell the 23-year-old for a profit upon his return, but Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane have pushed to persuade him he has a future in Madrid.

Zidane and Perez are both fans of Morata and played a significant role in assuring the Spain international that he will be handed a fair shot at breaking into the starting XI next season.

Morata and his representatives were also said to be encouraged by Zidane’s selection of the likes of Lucas Vasquez on the basis of their good form over big-money signings such as James Rodriguez.

The striker will compete directly with Karim Benzema for the center forward role between star wingers Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.  – Alberto Pinero



The Blancos star is expected to play a big part in his team’s campaign, but the trainer has warned against putting him under too much pressure to succeed

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has stressed Cristiano Ronaldo cannot lead his country to Euro 2016 glory on his own, but concedes the Real Madrid attacker will be key to their chances in France.

Santos’ men are regarded as one of the outsiders to win the showpiece in France, but the 61-year-old believes much will depend on the form of their star man.

“Ronaldo is important for Real Madrid, but he is at least as important for Portugal, if not more,” Santos told Marca.

“If you have a player who scores 50 or 60 goals per season, someone who could score from out of nowhere, he is always going to be important. It’s impossible to quantify how important he is.

“But not even Cristiano can do it all on his own. Nobody can win games on his own. You are always going to need your team-mates’ help. But there is no denying he is hugely important.”

Ronaldo was unable to guide Portugal to success at the 2014 World Cup due to fitness issues, but Santos is confident the prolific attacker is fit enough to make an impact in France, despite his injury problems towards the end of the season.

“We are always talking about players having to be 100 per cent, but that’s not the reality. There are always exceptions,” Santos added.

“Ideally, everybody would be 100 per cent fit, but nobody would leave out Cristiano if he is at 80 per cent. We are keeping a close eye on his fitness.

“It would be different had he been seriously injured. We would not have called him up if we thought he couldn’t play.”


Ronaldo wants to play for Real Madrid beyond his 40th birthday

Real Madrid fans could be seeing Cristiano Ronaldo on the Bernabeu pitch for another nine years if the Portuguese gets his wish.

Cristiano Ronaldo wants to remain at Real Madrid for the rest of the career and hopes to continue playing for the club beyond his 40th birthday.

Ronaldo signed for Madrid in a record-breaking transfer from Manchester United in 2009 and this season overtook Raul as the leading scorer in the club’s history, cementing his place as one of the all-time greats.

The 31-year-old has regularly been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in recent years, but he is not planning on leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I am going to retire at Real Madrid when I’m older than 40,” Ronaldo told AS. “I am very happy here and will work hard to achieve that.”
Ronaldo scored the winning penalty as Madrid overcame Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last weekend.

It was the second time the forward lifted the trophy with the team from the Spanish capital – which has been crowned champion of Europe 11 times – but his focus has already switched to the upcoming Euro 2016 campaign with Portugal.

“I am super happy to have won ‘la Undecima’ and now I’m already thinking about the Euro,” added Ronaldo. “We want to give a great joy to Portugal by winning it, which is something the Portuguese people deserve.”