Zidane bemoans Morata’s move to Chelsea as Real Madrid struggle

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said he did not want Alvaro Morata to leave for Chelsea this summer, adding that his side are struggling without a recognised number nine.

Having failed to beat Valencia prior to the international break, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane knew his side had to beat Levante on Saturday to avoid a gap between themselves and bitter rivals Barcelona.

However, a poor start to the game against the Valencian based side saw Ivi open the scoring, spinning past Dani Carvajal before slotting past Keylor Navas.

The game was largely dominated by Madrid but with very few chances and Zidane’s early misery was compounded further as Karim Benzema was forced off with injury, being replaced by Welsh winger Gareth Bale.

Madrid did level through the lively Lucas Vazquez, who tapped home following Sergio Ramos’ saved effort from Raul Fernandez.

One added bonus for Zidane is the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who will feature in the Champions League this week.

But, the French boss conceded his side were missing options in attack.

“Looking at our squad, we may be missing a number nine,” Zidane told reporters on Tuesday.

“I would have liked Morata to stay but he wanted to play more first-team football elsewhere, which was his decision. We tried to get in another player, last year we had Morata and Mariano and now only 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. We’re happy to have Ronaldo back – physically he is very fit and mentally with all that has happened, with all the talk, he is in a good place.”

Source: La Liga News