Juventus director general Beppe Marotta hopes Real Madrid don't exercise their buy-back option to bring striker Alvaro Morata back to the Spanish capital, only to sell the Spain international to another club for a profit.
Marca (h/t Goal.com) recently suggested Los Blancos could look to make a quick bit of cash by exercising the clause they put in the deal to sell Morata to the Bianconeri in 2014, with Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly interested in his services.
Making an appearance on Italian TV show La Domenica Sportiva (h/t AS, via ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan), Marotta said he hopes the La Liga giants won't stoop so low:
Real Madrid could see themselves obliged to repurchase the player, but in reality they might do it without having any sporting interest in Morata. We hope he is not repurchased to immediately make a profit on him. They would be within their rights. There is a time-frame to do that, and we don't know if it will happen or not.
The 23-year-old's future will be a hotly debated topic once the 2015-16 season comes to an end, as Juventus will be keen to convince the player to stay in Turin, and Real will likely do everything possible to bring him back.
Morata has fallen down the pecking order in Italy after a promising debut season, but Juventus still have high hopes for the forward, who played a vital role in the run to the UEFA Champions League final last season.
Here are some of his highlights from that campaign:
At the start of the 2015-16 season, Morata seemed destined to stay in Turin, but as he's currently manager Massimiliano Allegri's third preferred option up front, behind Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic, a return to Madrid seems far more likely.
Per Calciomercato's Nicola Balice, Real's buy-back clause can be triggered during the 2016 and 2017 summer transfer windows, and only then, so Los Blancos won't have too much time to think about their options.
On top of that, the club faces the prospect of a transfer ban, and following their appeal, there's a good chance the ban will be pushed past the summer of 2016, per ESPN FC. That means the club won't be able to register any players in 2017, leaving this year's summer window as the only time they can bring back Morata with the clause.
Morata has only just signed a new deal with the Bianconeri, and he recently told Bild (h/t Football Italia) he wants to stay with the Serie A giants, explaining his decision to leave Madrid in the process:
In Madrid I didn’t have a clear head, there was no chance of finding space. I had a lot of offers, but Juventus came to my house and convinced me with a good offer.
As for the future, two months ago I signed a new five-year contract with Juventus, a one-year extension to the last one.
I feel great satisfaction and I’m motivated to do well in future. Leaving Real was my choice, because I was never given a chance.
It's important to note Morata has a say in whatever happens to him―Real cannot simply activate the clause and force him to move back to Spain without his consent. It's extremely unlikely Morata will agree to any deal knowing Real plan to sell him as soon as he leaves Turin.
Will Morata return to Madrid in 2016?
The Spanish striker might return to his boyhood club for the chance to finally make a major impact at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu―beyond scoring for the other team―but a lack of playing time previously drove him away from Los Blancos, and he'll likely demand some reassurances he'll be given a fair shot.
Per ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld, citing the Polish media, Real are desperate to land Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, and if the Poland international does move to the Spanish capital, Morata's chance to become a starter seems almost nonexistent.