Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has made clear his frustration over his limited playing time at the Santiago Bernabeu as Chelsea and Manchester United circle.
The Spanish striker returned to Madrid last summer when the Champions League winners activated a buyback clause to bring Morata back from Juventus.
However he has been forced to settle for a supporting role behind Karim Benzema, making just 13 starts in La Liga, despite a healthy goal return of 20 in all competitions.
With Manchester United having joined Chelsea in the hunt for the 24-year-old, valued by Madrid at a minimum of £50million, Morata admitted he was playing fewer games than he would like.
“I’d like to play in every game, like everybody else,” he said. “You always want to contribute wherever you are.
“I always want to go out and score, but there are times when you can’t.
“Playing less than I hoped? Sure, but I’m always ready for when the coach needs me and that’s the important thing.”
Morata, who was a target for Arsenal last summer only to opt to remain at the Bernabeu, has also been linked with a surprise switch across Madrid to Atletico, who could need a replacement for the Manchester United-linked Antoine Griezmann this summer.
However Morata played down such speculation, telling reporters that conversations he had had with the Atletico manager should not be blown out of proportion: “Talking to [Diego] Simeone at the Bernabeu? It had nothing to do with football, we had a joke.”