Morata: "Saúl is one of the best players in his position and on top of that - he's still young"

Morata said of Casillas: "Hopefully he will get a recall for Spain" and also spoke about Simeone's position being questioned: "Atleti is El Cholo".

Atlético de Madrid forward Álvaro Morata attended the press at the Ciudad del Fútbol in Las Rozas this afternoon to current state of play with the national team and the forthcoming games against Norway and Malta.

Morata, happy at Atlético

Has joining Atlético helped you recover your self confidence? "It's clear I needed to get my confidence back, I'd been through a bit of a rough moment but there's no point going over what's in the past. I'm where I've eanted to be for some time. I'm grateful to Simeone and to the national team coach for the faith they's shown in me and it's all thanks to them that I am rediscovering my level".

Griezmann's future: "He's very happy - Atleti is his home. He's our star player. All of us what him to stay with us - his team mates, the club and the fans".

Saúl and Asensio on duty with Spain

City keen on Saúl

Sául has been linked to Manchester City. Are you worried other clubs could snatch all of Atlético's best players? "That's how the transfer market works, the best players are always linked with the top clubs in every transfer window. Saúl is one of the best players in his position and on top of that - he's still young. We hope he stays, but all of the top clubs would love to have him in their squads".

Spain's objectives: "We wanted to be in the Final Four [of the Nations League], but now are facing another important challenge - booking our place at Euro 2020 which is a more prestigious  competition. The important part begins right now, it's a nice challenge for us and we have to make sure we're qualified as soon as we can".

Jaime Mata. "I speak with him quite a lot and I'm happy for him that he's been called up - It's think it's admirable. He shows that with hard work and by giving your best, your time will arrive. He should feel proud of what he's achieved with Getafe - that's why he's here. We hope he can bag a few goals".

Morata celebrates his strike against Real Sociedad

Spain searching for new successes

The next generation: "It's not easy coming into the national team and following on from a side which won everything. At times, we've been eliminated unfairly but all of us are determined to put Spain back where it belongs to be and win another trophy".

La renovación de Casillas con el Oporto y su vuelta a la Selección: "Ojalá pudiera venir. Es una leyenda, un crack. Ahora le mandaré un mensaje porque habrá 'atracado' ahí un poco más. Cada fin de semana demuestra lo que es".