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Alvaro Morata made La Liga appearances under Jose Mourinho
Alvaro Morata understands the competition he faces in becoming a regular with Real Madrid—particularly during a summer which has provided endless transfer speculation at the Bernabeu.
In a press conference covered by RealMadrid.com, he described his perspective:
"The best players will always be linked with the best team. I'll keep fighting whoever comes; this is Real Madrid, and the best will always come here. I am going to work hard, learn from my teammates and fight to play."
Following Gonzalo Higuain's sale to Napoli, Morata, who played 12 times for Real last season in La Liga, is expected to do battle with Karim Benzema in determining who spearheads the Los Blancos attack this season.
Furthermore, Morata followed up his maiden La Liga campaign with four goals and two assists during Spain's triumphant Under-21 European Championships.
With that in mind, the 20-year-old is excluded from the top-five ranking since he has already notched up over 400 La Liga minutes (scoring twice)—arguably making his La Liga mark in the process.
Real were so impressed with the youngster's form and his potential, to the extent they ensured he was never considered as part of the Gareth Bale package during their tough negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur.