Morata has not asked to leave, insists Ancelotti

The Real Madrid head coach stresses he has no plans to allow the young forward to move in January and was irritated by further questions concerning the sale of Mesut Ozil
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has reiterated his stance that Alvaro Morata will not be leaving the club in January.

The Spain Under-21s international has been linked with a potential loan switch to Arsenal, while Serie A giants Juventus and Inter also registered an interest in signing the player.

"Morata hasn't asked to leave," Ancelotti told the press. "He doesn't want to go."

The Italian then added that La Liga has yet to see the best of Gareth Bale, who has scored seven goals in 12 appearances since his record-breaking transfer from Tottenham in the summer.

"Bale has to improve this year," the Madrid boss remarked. "I spoke to Bale [on Friday]. He feels OK, he's comfortable. He's going to play a good game [against Real Betis]."

Madrid take on Betis on Saturday as they look to maintain the pressure on league leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with Ancelotti suggesting that adopting a 4-3-3 system would serve his side better in more difficult clashes.

"Every game is tough," he stressed. "4-3-3 gives us a better defensive coverage. We get more control."