Diego Simeone was seen shouting at Alvaro Morata during the latest Madrid derby, and amid reports the Atletico boss wants to sign the Real Madrid striker, Morata has now revealed what the Argentine told him.
The Spanish attacker has been in fine form this season, and is Los Blancos’ second best goalscorer despite starting many games on the bench.
He was also a substitute for the first leg of the Real’s UEFA Champions League semi-final against the Rojiblancos, and was approached by Simeone as he ran past the Atletico boss to do some warm-up exercises.
« Simeone had a joke with me, one which had nothing to do with football, » Morata told Marca.
« I know him because he played with (my agent) Juanma Lopez and he asked me for some croissants from the brand I have launched. »
Morata also discussed his desire to play more, but insisted he is focused on the final games of the season and not transfer talk right now.
« Did I expect to play more? Sure, but I’m always ready for the coach when he needs me and that is the most important thing, » he added.
« I would like to play every minute of every match, as everyone does, I always want to go and score goals yet I am aware there are times when this isn’t possible.
« I don’t think about my own personal achievements, I want to win La Liga and the Champions League as every other player in the squad does.
« It is going to be a very difficult end to the season but we know if we win every match, then we will be champions in two competitions. »
Morata scored a brace in Real’s 4-0 over Granada on Saturday, a game in which Zinedine Zidane rested nine starters from the UCL clash with Atletico.
With 20 strikes, the Spaniard is now Real’s second best goalscorer this season – he is only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 35 strikes to his name for the campaign.