Morata thanks Higuain, discusses Lyon draw
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Alvaro Morata has wished former Real Madrid team-mate Gonzalo Higuain all the best at Napoli and declared that the Argentinian striker helped him grow as a player.

Higuain is on the verge of a move to the Serie A club - worth an estimated total of €40m - after he passed a medical last night, before Los Merengues' friendly with Lyon, which finished 2-2.

Carlo Ancelotti's side went behind to goals from Clement Grenier and Lisandro Lopez, before Morata pulled one back from the penalty spot and midfielder Casemiro levelled with six minutes remaining. Morata, who broke into the Real first team last year, paid tribute to the departing Higuain after the game.

He said: "Higuain always gave me a lot of advice and helped me. I wish him a lot of luck in his new adventure. I hope it goes well for him."

Higuain's sale means Real are left with three centre-forwards - Morata, Jese and Karim Benzema - and the former believes that the club do not have to replace Higuain.

"Karim, me and Jese and we can work well together," Morata said. "But the club will have to decide if they want to sign someone else or not. It's up to them and they'll do what's in the club's best interests."

Twenty-year-old Jese agreed a new four-year contract with Real on Wednesday, and Morata believes it is a step in the right direction for both parties.

He said: "I'm delighted that he has renewed his contract, he needs to be at this club and to play for Real Madrid."

Karim, me and Jese and we can work well together. But the club will have to decide if they want to sign someone else or not.
Alvaro Morata

Despite only drawing with Lyon, Morata believes the game was beneficial to the squad.

"This match helped us get back into the rhythm of playing," he said. "They scored two goals against us, but we wanted to win and we showed good attitude on the pitch. We can be positive about the draw."

First-team football a must for Casemiro
Casemiro, who signed a permanent move from Sao Paulo earlier in the summer after spending the latter half of last season on loan at Real, declared he will not be content to sit on the bench for most of next season.

"I want to continue fighting for a place in the team, my objective is to make the most of the opportunities I get in friendlies," he said. "Ancelotti said he was happy with me and said to me, 'Thanks for your efforts'. I've happy to have scored but the most important thing is the team."