Barcelona manager Valverde praises outcast Chelsea star Morata amid speculation

Barcelona manager Valverde praises outcast Chelsea star Morata amid speculation

- Alvaro Morata was not listed in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Newcastle

- But he has received plaudits from Barcelona boss Enersto Valverde

- The Chelsea outcast has been linked with a move to join Barcelona

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on out of favour Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.

The Spanish tactician also reveal plans to sign another center-forward following the departure of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla in the January window.

Morata was not listed in Chelsea's home win against Newcastle on Saturday due to tactical reasons.

Sarri refused to rule out the 26-year-old's exit in January and told reporters before the clash with Newcastle that: "If Morata goes to another club we need a replacement."

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And despite recovering from an hamstring problem, the Spaniard missed the 2-0 win over the Magpies at Stamford Bridge with Sarri explaining he was not listed for tactical reasons.

However, the former Real Madrid talisman has been linked with a move to Barcelona to provide cover for aging Luis Suarez.

Valverde confirmed he would like sign another attacker following the departure of Munir, and praised outcast Morata.

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When asked about Morata, he said: "I can only say the same thing. That he's a great player, that he's at another team and that we respect that a lot.

"We have to look at it, it's clear that after Munir's departure we have a space.

"We'll see if we can sign a player, although we have to take into account the club's economic conditions. We will see if we can, if someone comes."

Sarri is looking to reunite with his former Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain and The Sun claimed that Chelsea wanted to include Morata in a swap deal for the Argentine.

Despite scoring nine goals in all competitions this season, Sarri has lost faith in Morata having failed to justify the £65million move from Real Madird.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata could be make stunning return to La Liga to join Spanish champions Barcelona, according to reports.

The £60million signing from Real Madrid looks set to leave Stamford Bridge after his poor strings of matches, just after one season. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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