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Morata welcome at Barcelona, says Jordi Alba

Barcelona would welcome Morata – Alba

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Spanish full-back Jordi Alba would be happy to see his compatriot, the Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata, join the LaLiga club.

Álvaro Morata would be welcomed at Barcelona if the forward makes the move from Chelsea, according to full-back Jordi Alba.

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Morata, 26, has been linked with a surprise January move to the LaLiga giants as he continues to struggle at Stamford Bridge.

Alba, a Spain team-mate of Morata's, said he would be happy to see the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward join Barca.

Frustration | A much-seen look from Chelsea's Alvaro Morata.

"Morata is a player that I appreciate a lot, he has been a top player for many years," he said on Thursday.

"At the end, it's the club's [decision] if they want to sign him or not, as with any other player.

"If the rumours are true, he would be very welcome, as all the new players [are]."

Morata has only managed seven goals in 21 games in all competitions for Chelsea this season, after netting 15 in 48 in 2017-18.