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Juventus' Alvaro Morata: Premier League is attractive for a striker

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has said he is well suited to the Premier League amid speculation he is a target for Arsenal this summer.

Morata, 23, is under contract at Juventus until 2020 but Real Madrid have a buy-back clause and the Spain international has said a return to the Bernabeu is a "real possibility."

The clause would allow Real, who sold Morata to Juve for €20 million in 2014, to reacquire his registration rights at the end of the 2015-16 or 2016-17 campaigns at predetermined values, up to a maximum of €30m.

Spanish newspaper AS reported this week that Madrid plan to exercise the clause and then sell Morata at a profit, with Arsenal reportedly willing to offer €50m.

Asked about the Premier League, Morata said in an interview with Marca: "I like it.

"I like it a lot due to the characteristics of its football and because it's more attractive for a striker as it's not as tactical as Italian football."

On England and Germany, he said: "They are countries which might suit my style of play better but I'm happy in Italy. Juve is a top club and I feel right at home."

Morata, who has scored 14 goals in 57 appearances for Juve, has repeatedly said he is not seeking to leave Turin but, asked whether he would be there next season, replied: "I don't know. I'm happy there, but we'll see."

Morata is expected to start for Spain when they take on Italy in Wednesday's international friendly in Udine.

Speaking to reporters in the Italian city, he stressed that the agreement in his contract meant the decision was out of his hands.

"My future doesn't depend on me, it depends on the choices made by others, but like I've said over and over again, I'm happy here," he said. "I'm playing for the biggest club in Italy and it would be fantastic to stay here for many more years."

Juve general director Giuseppe Marotta accepts that the situation is unclear but hopes an agreement can be reached to keep the player at Juventus Stadium.

"It's normal that he says there is no certainty over his future, because there has to be an agreement between Real and Juve," Marotta said in Gazzetta dello Sport. "Their buy-back clause is a real sword of Damocles that we have to live under. We'll begin talks as soon as possible to try to keep him with us."

Morata, meanwhile, said the talk of his clause only comes up when he has a successful game.

"When I didn't score a goal, no one would speak of it," he told Marca. "It's been a strange year for me. What I need to do is focus on my game, but of course I do think about where my future will be."

Morata was a Madrid youth product and made 37 appearances in four seasons with the first team before being sold to Juve.

On returning to Madrid, he said: "It's a possibility that exists and it's real. It's there."

ESPN FC's Italy correspondent, Ben Gladwell, contributed to this report.


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