Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he wanted Alvaro Morata to stay at Real Madrid, and that the club now lack a centre forward.
“You could think we lack a number nine and that might be the case,” he said in the build up to his side’s Champions League tie with APOEL.
“Above all with Morata. I’d have liked him to have stayed but he wanted to play more and he wanted to leave. In the end we couldn’t get anybody else in. I don’t want to go around in circles.”
‘We tried to get in another player, last year we had Morata and Mariano and now only [Borja] Mayoral is in the squad.
‘Mayoral was not in the squad against Levante but that was my decision and he will be a part of our group on Wednesday – he is hungry.
Morata has scored three league goals already for Chelsea and laid on two assists, while Mariano has netted four times in Ligue 1.
With only Mayoral, recalled from his loan at Wolfsburg, as backup, Real have struggled in front of goal, winning just one of their first three Liga fixtures and failing to score more than once against Levante at the weekend.