Morata: I expected to play more

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata says he expected to play more for the Spanish giants since returning from Serie A Champions Juventus.

The 24-year-old Spain international has found the back of the net 15 times in 24 league outings for the club in his first season back at the Bernabeu, but has only started in 13 of the games.

With head coach Zinedine Zidane preferring Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in the centre-forward role, Morata has found opportunities limited for Los Blancos, despite an impressive return of 20 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions.

Compared to the 63 league appearances in the two year spell with the Bianconeri, the academy graduate has become increasingly frustrated by the lack of faith shown in him upon his €30 million return.

And now his future in the Spanish capital has been thrown into doubt with reports suggesting Real plan to add him to the deal that will see Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea join the club.

"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," Morata was quoted by FourFourTwo.

"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."