Alvaro Morata reveals desire to join Juventus permanently

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Morata has featured regularly this season
Morata has featured regularly this season / Marco Canoniero/GettyImages

Alvaro Morata has revealed his desire to remain at Juventus beyond the end of the season but admitted that his future is not in his hands.

Morata is currently only on loan at I Bianconeri from Atletico Madrid, although the deal does include an option to make the move permanent for around €40m this summer.

The Spaniard has enjoyed an encouraging two seasons back at Juventus, racking up 11 goals and 10 assists in Serie A last term and registering similar – if slightly lower – numbers this campaign.

Speaking to AS recently, Morata revealed that he had enjoyed his time in Turin and would be interested in moving to Juve on a permanent basis.

"I want to stay, but the future does not depend on me. Next year, if it is not possible to continue here, I will still be the first Bianconeri fan," he said.

As reported by 90min, Morata was set to join Barcelona in January but the move was personally blocked by Atleti manager Diego Simeone, who did not want him joining a La Liga rival.

Atletico may be open to the striker joining Juve in the summer though given the two sides are not in direct competition. Barcelona are unlikely to reignite their interest, having signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang soon after the Morata deal went cold.