Alvaro Morata Delivers Arsenal Transfer Blow with Update on Real Madrid Future

Leigh WalshCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2013

ALMERIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23:  Alvaro B. Morata of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their fifth goal during the La Liga match between UD Almeria and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Los Juegos Mediterraneos on November 23, 2013 in Almeria, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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It appears Arsenal will have to look elsewhere for additional talent up front after Alvaro Morata made clear his intentions to stay at Real Madrid. 

The talented 21-year-old said, via Hannah Duncan of Metro, that he is “happy” with life under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

Morata added: 

I feel that the boss really trusts me, so does [Ancelotti's assistant Zinedine] Zidane, all of the coaching staff and the club. 

I am 21-years-old, I am happy at Real Madrid and I want to be here for a long time. A player always wants to play and the manager has shown that he trusts in me. He has played me in a lot of difficult matches and I am very happy. I have to repay his trust in me.

It had been reported by Jack de Menezes of The Independent that Arsene Wenger was interested in bringing the striker to the Emirates on a six-month loan deal.

But Morata now feels there is no need to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after enjoying some playing time this season. The forward has made 10 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos this term, scoring twice—per ESPN FC.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Olympique de Marseille at Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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Despite an abundance of talent in midfield, the Premier League leaders are cut thin up front, and they will be actively seeking a striker in January.

At the moment, Nicklas Bendtner, who this week scored his first goal in three years for the club, is the only back-up to Olivier Giroud.

While the Frenchman has been in sublime form this season, scoring seven goals and assisting a further four, per ESPN FC, Arsenal need the security of another frontman.

The Gunners have been linked with both Alexandre Pato and Konstantinos Mitroglou, via Ben Jefferson of The Express, in recent days.

Alex Richards of Mirror Football reported that Arsenal placed an €8 million bid for the Brazilian, who has endured a tough time since joining Corinthians from AC Milan.

Arsenal fans will be hopeful of securing an additional striker as they look to continue their assault on the Premier League beyond the new year.

But now, it appears they will have to move forward without the services of Morata.

The Spaniard’s comments came just a day after Ancelotti insisted they need the talented youngster in Madrid, according to Duncan in a different Metro article.

The Italian manager did not rule out a move at the end of the season, however.