Juventus rubbish striker sale speculation

Despite a sharp decrease in his goal return this season, the importance of Alvaro Morata to the cause is as high as ever

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20/07/2015 Vinovo ( Italia )
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Juventus, conferenza stampa di Giuseppe Marotta e Massimiliano Allegri
Nella foto: Giuseppe Marotta

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20 July 2015 Vinovo ( Italy )
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Juventus , Giuseppe Marotta and Massimiliano Allegri press conference
In the pic: Giuseppe Marotta

General director Giuseppe Marotta has scoffed at claims that Juventus could sell striker Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid, insisting he is one of the club’s most important players.

Morata has recently been linked with Real Madrid as well as English side Arsenal, but Juventus director Marotta would much rather keep hold of the player, who at the age of 23 offers a lot for the future.

“There is no intention to negotiate with Real Madrid or any other team,” said Marotta to Premium Sport. “We have never thought of selling Morata.

TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 13:  Alvaro Morata of Juventus FC looks on before the Serie A match betweeen Juventus FC and ACF Fiorentina at Juventus Arena on December 13, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

“He is a pillar of this Juventus team, he is a young man who has become increasingly important. We need to keep hold of these types of players.”

After scoring 15 goals in his maiden season with the Old Lady, Morata’s goals have dried up this current campaign and he’s only gotten on the scoresheet three times.

Morata was instrumental in helping Juventus’ charge towards the Champions League final last season, scoring four times along the way and even hitting the back of the net in the final against Barcelona.

Although the forward has been overshadowed on the goalscoring front by positional rivals Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic this season, his importance to the team is unerring as he has missed only two Serie A fixtures so far.

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