Chelsea schedule talks with Alvaro Morata to resolve his future amid exit speculation
Alvaro Morata is scheduled to hold talks with Chelsea in a bid to resolve questions over his future at the club.
Morata became the clubs record signing when he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid for £60m last summer. While he enjoyed a bright start to life in the Premier League, the Spain international struggled with the demands of English football as the season wore on, scoring just one league goal in 2018.
Having spent two years in Italy with Juventus between 2014 and 2016, the 25-year-old has been linked with a return to the Serie A champions.
Chelsea now plan to sit down with their striker when he returns for pre-season training on 9 July to discover whether he truly wants to remain at the club, according to the Daily Telegraph, with the club still hopeful he can improve after a second season in England.
The report also suggests Chelsea will only green light his exit if an appropriate replacement can be brought in. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has indicated via his agent he is ready to take on a new challenge after eight years in Germany, with Juventus own Gonzalo Higuain has also been linked with a move to west London.
The Blues have also been credited with interest in Manchester Uniteds wantaway forward Anthony Martial, but it remains to be seen whether his club are prepared to sell to a direct rival.
Morata is among the group of players not involved in the World Cup set to return for pre-season training at Cobham next week after failing to make the Spain squad for this summers competition in Russia.
While he remains linked with an exit, Morata himself has suggested he could still remain at the club, writing on Instagram: Very excited to start again. The past was hard but that is only one more reason to begin fighting again.