Breaking – Alvaro Morata says “I’ve spoken on the phone with Antonio Conte and Pochettino, London my preferred destination”

ALVARO MORATA claims he’s spoken on the phone with Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino about a move to London.

Morata returned to Madrid last summer following a two-year spell at Juventus.

Real sold him to the Serie A giants in 2014 just days after Conte left to take charge of the national team.

He impressed for Juve and European champions Real activated a £23m buyout clause in his deal.

It wasn’t clear if they would keep him at the Bernabeu or sell him on for a big profit.

And Morata has now revealed he was speaking to managers in England about a move.

He told The Guardian: “Various Premier League coaches called to tell me to play for them.

“I said yeah, I’d like to, that if I had to leave I would almost certainly go to London, but that I didn’t know what Madrid would do.

“I knew they’d bring me back but I didn’t know if it was to keep me or sell me.

“I spoke directly to Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, although the norm is clubs call my dad or agent.

“Madrid said they didn’t want to sell, so here I am.”

On his talks with Conte, Morata added: “I remember talking to my dad then and him saying: ‘This guy’s going to win the league there’.”

Morata, 24, has netted 18 goals in 39 appearances this season.

“I’m very happy at Madrid and they support me,” he added.

“But if an offer like that came again and they want to sell, I shouldn’t close doors.

“I loved Italy but if one day I have to leave, I’m sure it will be to the Premier League.”

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