Man Utd: Alvaro Morata arrival could convince Cristiano Ronaldo to stay | Soccer

Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo played together at Juventus (Image: Getty)

Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo played together at Juventus (Image: Getty)

According to Italian football expert Mina Rzouki, Cristiano Ronaldo could be persuaded to stay at Manchester United if the club sign striker Alvaro Morata.

United have been offered the opportunity to sign former Chelsea striker Morata as Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford remains in doubt.

Morata is available for €35million (£29.6million) this summer but would reportedly ask for a ‘significant’ salary.

The 29-year-old Spain international spent two difficult seasons in west London and has struggled to adjust to English football after joining from Real Madrid in 2017.

He left Stamford Bridge to join Atletico Madrid, initially on loan but was seen as overwhelmed as La Liga loaned him to Juventus in both 2020–21 and 2021–22 before returning to Spain for 2022–23.

Morata played alongside Ronaldo at Juventus and Italian football expert Rzouki believes the Spaniard would help bring the best out of the 37-year-old.

“I feel like Alvaro Morata is getting a lot of flak because he’s not the guy who’s going to score a thousand goals for you,” Rzouki told Sky Sports.

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Alvaro Morata could be on his way to Manchester United this summer (Image: Getty)

“But he’s kind of a tactical joker. He can play the striker, he can play on the wing – he’s happy to be the main player type.

“He’s great as a support player. He can play in different positions. He’s someone, if you give him orders, he’ll work really hard for your team.

“He’s already shown he has that connection with Ronaldo – they showed that at Juventus and they also played together at Real Madrid, but he was more of a substitute back then.

“He’ll help Ronaldo and work hard – he’s a player I really enjoy watching.”

The bad news for United is that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is keen to keep Morata this summer, according to reports from Spain.

However, with his contract expiring next year, Atletico Madrid could still try to sell him if the price is right.

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