Juventus striker Alvaro Morata confirms that Massimiliano Allegri persuaded him to stay at the club in January and is prepared to face what the future has in store for him.

Morata’s two-year loan spell at Juventus expires in the summer and the Old Lady is unwilling to make his move permanent for €35m after paying €20m for the striker’s temporary move. The Serie A giants will make a lower offer to Atletico, but the Colchoneros don’t seem convinced about selling him permanently for a lower fee.

Morata was in talks with Barcelona in January, but Allegri convinced him to stay at the Allianz Stadium.

“There were many options, I spoke to the coach because I was going through something that I had already experienced in other clubs,” Morata told Men’s Health Espana.

“I am not a physical striker, I need space to run and he [Allegri] told me that Juventus were about to sign a new centre forward [Dusan Vlahovic] so I would have played as a support striker and they closed all doors.”

Morata has repeatedly said that he’d like to remain in Turin, but he is aware that the future does not only depend on him. According to reports in Italy and Spain, he has become one of Arsenal’s targets for next season and the 29-year-old has not closed the door for a return to England despite a disappointing first spell at Chelsea between 2017 and 2019.

“Luckily, my wife and my sons are prepared to think about my happiness,” Morata said.

“The only thing they want is to see my happy. Alice [his wife] supports me in every decision I’ll make. I have good options and as long as I am with them, I could go everywhere, even to the moon.”