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Simeone did not tell Morata to join him at Atlético Madrid

The Atleti manager had a joke with the Real Madrid striker and nothing more

Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Diego Simeone said he did not tell Álvaro Morata to come join him at Atlético Madrid, but said he did have a joke with the striker when he passed him at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

When asked about telling Morata to join him, Simeone said: "I didn't say that, I just made a joke when he passed me."

The Real Madrid striker’s woes at Real Madrid have been well documented this season with not as much game time as he might have hoped. He has been linked with Chelsea not for the last number of months but with Atletico Madrid in the market for a striker, reportedly, they might consider throwing Morata’s name into any possible deal involving Theo Hernandez.

Los Vikingos are keen to add the left-back to their squad but Atlético are holding out hope that they can dissuade the French youngster. It might lessen the blow, however, if Morata was to join the club and score 30 goals on the way to a LaLiga or two along with Champions League glory.

We can only live in hope.