Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata is reportedly set to sign a bumper new five-year contract that will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2021 and give him the assurances he craves about his place at the club over the coming seasons.
Real had long been tipped to sell Morata on for a quick profit after exercising a €30m clause to take the player back from Juventus. Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea were heavily linked with an approach, but now the 23-year-old appears destined to stay in Madrid.
According to AS, Morata will put pen to paper in the next few days on a new deal worth €6m each year in net wages. It represents a 33% increase on his existing €4.5m annual salary that was previously agreed long before the player’s actual return.
The Spanish report even suggests that before everything is officially finalised, the contract could still be extended to include a sixth year.
Los Blancos could easily have more than doubled their money by immediately selling Morata, while the player himself could have pocketed at least €6.5m per year as a Premier League player. But this outcome seems as though it is what everyone actually wanted all along.
It is suggested that Bernabeu president Florentino Perez wasn’t keen to see Morata flourish at another club as he did with Juventus. Understandably, he wants the player to do that and continue his impressive development in a Real shirt.
Having confirmed his arrival only in words, the scene is now set for the club to formally unveil Morata after the upcoming tour of the United States. But rather than a low key presentation for a returning player, it is said that he will get the full treatment of a star marquee signing instead.
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