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Should Real Madrid bring Álvaro Morata back?

The Spanish striker finished the season in very good fashion by scoring in both legs of the Semifinals and in the Final against Barcelona as well.

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Álvaro Morata left Real Madrid a year ago after completing a mediocre season for Los Blancos. Morata started the 2013-2014 campaign being Karim Benzema's backup but ended up behind Jesé Rodríguez in Carlo Ancelotti's rotation. He clearly wasn't mature enough to overcome the Santiago Bernabéu's pressure, as the Spanish striker missed some big opportunities during home games, so the decision to send him to Juventus was probably a very good one.

In Turin, Morata has had a very decent -- but not great -- campaign, and most importantly, he has scored goals in big games. Real Madrid coulb sign him back for around €35 million, and Morata's speed and power on counterattacks fit Benítez's coaching style to perfection. The striker and Ancelotti were not in the same page, so Morata would've surely rejected his return had Ancelotti stayed with Real Madrid. Now that Benítez is Real's manager, he might as well listen to what his lifelong club has to offer.

Pros

  1. The €35 million price tag is not bad considering how he's improved. Ok, Morata's numbers with Juventus are not that impressive, but the Italians paid €18 million a year ago and Real Madrid could sign him back for €35 million. It's never great to spend a total of €17 million for one year of development, but Morata has accomplished things that not many people expected.
  2. He knows the club and the Spanish league. Kun Agüero is a better striker than Morata, there's no question. But the Spanish attacker knows how this club works and would not need much time to adapt to his teammates. That should also be considered.
  3. He's perfect for Benítez's coaching style. No matter what Benítez says, he will want to improve the way this team was counterattacking under Carlo Ancelotti. Morata's speed is definitely perfect for that, as he proved during the Champions League Final against Barcelona.

Cons

  1. If nobody leaves, he would still be a bench player. Benítez likes to rotate his squad a lot, that's for certain, but Morata would still be a reserve if Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Ball all finally stay with the club. He could be a good weapon off the bench, but that's simply not the role he wants.
  2. Is he ready yet? It would make sense for Real Madrid to let him play another season with Juventus and see if he can improve his numbers. After all, Los Blancos will be able to sign him back for just €5 million more next summer. Maybe Real Madrid need to stay patient.
  3. Would the fans welcome him? Some fans will be glad to see his return, but some others will not forget his comments to the press this season about how badly Ancelotti handled his situation during the 2013-2014 campaign. It would be fair to question whether he could keep making those same comments if he isn't happy with his role after his return...

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