Date: 3rd December 2013 at 8:10pm
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He supposedly agreed to join Arsenal on loan for six months in January, but Alvaro Morata has recently told the Spanish press that this is not true and is only focusing on succeeding at Real Madrid.

Reports earlier in the week claimed Arsenal fought off Tottenham to sign the 21-year-old forward on loan, but the Spaniard has since stated that he intends to stay at the Bernabeu, learn his trade alongside the likes of and become a household name at Real by following in the footsteps of his idol Raul, according to Marca:

‘I only think about succeeding at Real Madrid.

‘Every day I work hard to earn myself a place in the team, but I know that I have had the support of [coach Carlo] Ancelotti since the first day that he came here.’

He added:

‘Raul [Gonzalez] has always been a hero to me. He is considered to be the best player in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football.

‘Cristiano [Ronaldo] is also a great player, out of this world, the complete player, the best. [Karim] Benzema is impressive also and I can learn a lot from him. Also, [Gareth] Bale is now showing what he can do and is one of the best in the world and he was a great signing.’

I knew this was just paper-talk as claimed a few days ago that he doesn’t intend to sign a striker when the re-opens.

Morata would have been an astute signing on loan but, in my opinion, he wouldn’t have been the striker to fire us to silverware this season had we got him.

Expect a signing, but not a striker – not now that has returned and is close to full fitness.

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