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Zidane: Real Madrid will miss Alvaro Morata

Zidane: Real Madrid will miss Alvaro Morata

Zinedine Zidane has discussed the sale of Alvaro Morata and said that Real Madrid are now missing a striker.

Spanish international Morata ended a summer of transfer talk by signing with Premier League champions Chelsea on Friday morning, saying goodbye to his Madrid team-mates on their US Tour.

Whilst, the striker’s sale was widely expected this summer – French boss Zidane has given his thoughts on the sale and said that his squad are now missing a recognised striker, with just Karim Benzema available on paper.

“Right now? We are missing a striker,” the former midfielder told Diario AS.

“We saw and know what Morata did last season, he gave a lot to this team. There are 28 players at the moment, and they are focused but until the 31st anything can happen.”

Madrid have been often linked with a move for AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, who burst on to the scene last season both domestically and in the Champions League.

And, Zidane was quizzed on their interest in the talented French international.

“Mbappe is good but I am only thinking about tomorrow’s friendly and preparing us for the new season.

“Some good players have left out side, but some young players have come in and they are trying to improve the squad.”

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Madrid have allowed striker Mariano, attacking midfielder James Rodriguez and defensive duo Pepe and Danilo – leave the club this summer.