5/5/2018 10:37:12 PM (GMT+3)

I'll fight to go to Russia until last minute, says Morata


MADRID, Spain: Despite scoring 12 goals in past 15 internationals, the 25-year-old striker was omitted from Julen Lopetegui’s squad for Spain’s recent friendlies against Germany and Argentina.

“I would love to go to Russia,” the former Real Madrid and Juventus man told Marca. “It'd be really tough not to go, but that is a possibility. All of the possible outcomes should be kept in mind.”

Morata has also made just seven English Premier League starts for Chelsea this year due to the arrival of Olivier Giroud.

“Each person has to do what's best for them. I wouldn't understand it, but you have to be prepared for everything. The joy if you're on the list can be great, but there's a need to realise that the year hasn't been the best and there's a chance of staying at home,” he told the newspaper.

Spain play Portugal, Iran and Morocco in Group B in the World Cup.

“Football is about moments. Look at Mohamed Salah. I'm happy for what's happening to him. But last summer, they said it was good for him to be sold and now look,” said Morata.

Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo and Lucas Vazquez were the four forwards in Spain’s last squad.

The former three all scored and impressed over the team's two friendlies, while Vazquez was afforded little time to impress.

Aritz Aduriz, Jose Callejon and David Villa have also featured in Lopetegui’s recent selections.

“I know my season hasn't been good. If I'd scored 30 goals, then I'd say I'm sure of being on the list. Now, I have to prepare for any outcome, but I'll fight to go until the last minute," he added. (With inputs from fifa.com)