There is still so much for Alvaro Morata to prove at Real Madrid, and in the absence of a route out of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the striker will fight to become Zinedine Zidane’s star striker once pre-season begins.
Coming through the first day back medical tests without any issues, Morata is now due for face to face talks with his coach as the Frenchman gets some quality time with all his squad members on the way to North America.
Morata is intent on proving Zidane wrong when it comes to the boss’ preference in playing Karim Benzema up front in the decisive matches that the Spaniard so desperately yearns to dispute.
And now the path to Manchester United has been cut off by Romelu Lukaku, as is the way to Chelsea as the Blues appear to desire Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , leaving Morata with little other choice but to knuckle down at Los Blancos.
Of course, the window is open for a while yet and moves can appear out of nowhere in little time, but for now the 24-year-old will attack the new campaign with vigour and with great determination to break into the Real first-choice XI.