Zinedine Zidane is eager to keep Alvaro Morata at Real Madrid and will be starting him against Espanyol.
The striker has been frustrated with the lack of game time at Real Madrid and could leave in the summer. He also stated he would have rejected a move back to Real Madrid had there not been a buy-back clause in the contract.
Zidane has confirmed that the Spain international will face Quique Sanchez Flores’ side from the start and has assured him it will not be his only chance to impress across 90 minutes for the remainder of the season.
“I would not like it if Morata wanted to go at the end of the season,” he told a news conference. “He’s had fewer minutes, fewer than Karim, but he has had them. This is his home.
“He’ll play from the start and it’s not the last game in which he’ll play from the start. But you can’t stop that – there will always be players who have more minutes than others.”