Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal FC and Liverpool, won’t leave the club said manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Morata could get the nod ahead of Benzema

Alvaro Morata has made only 24 appearances in the La Liga since being promoted to the Real Madrid first team in 2010-11 season. The 21-year-old has made 10 appearances in the league this season, but nine of those have come as substitutes. With Benzema in the side, Morata and Jese have been left to fight for roles on the bench.

Recent rumours have linked both Arsenal and Liverpool with a loan move for the Spaniard with the Gunners being considered as the favourites. The London club who are leading the table at the moment are short in numbers upfront and are expected to spend in the market in this transfer window. Olivier Giroud has had to shoulder most of the responsibility to lead the line and has struggled with his fitness in recent times. Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo have also struggled with their fitness, while Theo Walcott has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Lukas Podolski remains the only other back-up for the Frenchman in the squad and it is imperative that the Gunners strengthen this department in order to main their title challenge.

A lot of names has already been linked with the Gunners, but it is unlikely that Arsene Wenger will be able to land a big name in this window as clubs normally refuse to sell their star players in January. So the Gunners are most likely to sign someone as a temporary solution and Alvaro Morata is someone Arsene Wenger has been impressed with.

The youngster refuted claims that he wants to leave Real Madrid in order to gain regular first team action back in November and insisted that he is happy with his role in the club.

“I’m not at all disappointed. Last year I played about 17 matches and this season I’ve played in nine already. I think I’ll end up playing more than last year and anything that means improving is very good. I’m young and there is no need to rush things because I’m at one of the best teams in the world. My time will come. I’m working hard, and I am just thinking about enjoying myself at this club and with our fans.” – Morata said in an interview back in November.

But the Spaniard has insisted that he wants an important role in the side and has expressed his concern about getting more regular first team action.

Recent reports suggested that Real Madrid are willing to send Morata on loan for a loan fee of £1.7million. Carlo Ancelotti has however rubbished these reports and insisted that Morata will stay at the club.

“He doesn’t lack anything, his only problem is the competition for places. This is Real Madrid.

“I have not spoken with him and there is nothing to speak about. No one has asked for him and, if a team did come in for him, the answer would be a clear no. He is staying.” – The Real Madrid manager said.

Despite all the interest from Liverpool and Arsenal, neither of the clubs have made an official inquiry to attain his service and now it looks unlikely that Morata will leave Santiago Bernabeu in this window.