CHELSEA star Alvaro Morata reportedly wants Marco Asensio to join him at Stamford Bridge if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid.
The Spain international swapped La Liga for the Premier League last summer in a deal worth an initial £57m.
And he’s nailed down his place as Chelsea’s first-choice striker after Antonio Conte opted to sell former No 1 Diego Costa.
Morata’s consistent starts represent a marked difference from his final season at Real, where he played second fiddle to Karim Benzema.
The latest reports from Spain suggest he does not want to see one of his old-team-mates to suffer the same fate that he endured at the Bernabeu.
According to Diario Gol, Morata is resigned to waving goodbye to fellow Chelsea ace Hazard at the end of the season.
And, knowing the Belgian would be a guaranteed starter in Madrid, he wants the Blues to rescue Asensio to stop him from being pushed to the fringes.
Morata and Asensio played together at Real during the 2016/17 campaign and are both poised to go to the World Cup with Spain this summer.
Diario Gol claim Morata has already told Chelsea to go after his compatriot when they lose Hazard to Real.
And Asensio would apparently be keen on a move to west London to ensure his progress is not hampered.
Asensio has made just nine La Liga starts this term and he’s aware opportunities would be even harder to come by if Zinedine Zidane snared Hazard.