Liverpool FC target Alvaro Morata alerts clubs with comments regarding the importance of game time in football; The Reds want €12 million rated Serbian attacking midfielder; Mark Hughes not looking to sign Assaidi permanently in the winter.
Real’s Alvaro Morata alerts suitors with comments
Alvaro Morata has given a lot of hope to club’s pursuing his signature by making public his concerns over the lack of first team opportunities at Real Madrid, and has affirmed that he would seek a move provided the lack of game time continues.
He told Minuto 116: “It’s important to have a proper role in the team. I’ve been at Real Madrid my whole life and I’ve been a Real Madrid fan since I was a boy. I will be all my life but it’s important to have an important role. If the moment comes that I don’t, I will look at other options. Staying at Real Madrid is complicated. Playing five or 10 minutes is okay if you accept it. You have the chance to get on the pitch and try to change a game in a short space of time. Every minute in football is gold.”
Liverpool have been linked with the talented young forward who has now fallen behind Jese Rodriguez as a back up to Karim Benzema in the attack. It was believed that Ancelotti was not keen on sending the attacker out of Madrid, but has now changed his mind.
Liverpool face serious competition for his acquisition as the likes of Arsenal and Inter Milan are also interested in the player. It seems as though Arsenal are leading the race to sign him on loan this month with the option of buying him later this year in the summer window as the 20 year old feels he is likely to get more playing time with the Gunners, especially because of Arsene Wenger’s team’s present injury concerns.
Liverpool among clubs chasing Serbian international
Liverpool are among the three clubs chasing the €12m rated 25 year old FC Twente player Dusan Tadic.
Tadic is reputed to be one of the most technically astute players in the Eredivisie and has alerted clubs like Aston Villa, Everton, Schalke and Wolfsburg, and La Liga giants Barcelona.
Barcelona, in fact, emerged as the first club to show interest in the player as the scouts of the club and have monitored the 25 year old for a long time now. The Tukkers player’s agent Zoran Pavlovic told Novosti
Barcelona are certainly keeping an eye on him and have watched him a few times.
The 25-year-old has seven goals and seven assists in 17 matches and told Tubantia that he would consider a move in the winter only if a “dream club” comes calling:
“I want to finish the season at Twente. In the winter there is often a lot of panic buying. I will only be thinking [about a move] if there is a dream club that comes in. Moreover, I am not ready to leave Twente. I need the team and this team needs me.”
Twente snapped Tadic up from fellow Dutch side Groningen for around €7m last year. The Serbian initially struggled to impress, but is now doing increasingly well. He has now become a key part of the Twente side.
Reports circulated prior to Christmas that Liverpool inquired about the Serbian international, but it is believed that the club will follow up on the 25 year old once the negotiations with Mohamed Salah are settled and a decision regarding the Egyptian is made.
Not making Assaidi transfer permanent, says Hughes
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes was quick to remove doubts about the club trying to sign on-loan winger Oussama Assaidi from Liverpool on a permanent basis in January.
The Stoke City boss commented:
“I think Ossie’s intention, certainly when he first came here, was to play and make an impression and show Liverpool he had the ability to play for them in the future. I haven’t had discussions on that train of thought with Ossie since then really. It’s not a case of trying to make his loan permanent like Stephen (Ireland) because the opportunity isn’t there to do it.”
Assaidi has performed very well for the Potters since establishing himself as a first-team regular. The Moroccan international has scored four goals and two assists for Stoke in all competitions this season. His three goals in the Premier League make him the second highest scorer for the club this season (alongside Peter Crouch), one behind Charlie Adam. Assaidi has interestingly scored three of Stoke’s last five Premier League.