Alvaro Morata’s wife, Alice Campello, has come to her husband’s defense amid growing controversy surrounding the striker as rumors of a potential transfer to Milan continue to swirl. Morata is gearing up to play for Spain in the EURO 2024 semi-final against France, but the focus leading up to the game has shifted to his tense relationship with the Spanish media and some fans.

In a recent interview with El Mundo, Morata expressed his happiness being outside of Spain and hinted at the possibility of retiring from international football after the Euros. These comments only fueled more criticism from the Spanish media, with one particularly scathing article from El Confidencial that deeply affected Campello.

Responding on Instagram, Campello voiced her displeasure with the article’s negative portrayal of her husband. She questioned the intentions behind such harsh criticism and emphasized the impact it can have on the players and their families. Campello urged for more empathy and thoughtful communication, especially from those in influential positions such as journalists.

Despite the off-field distractions, Morata remains under contract with Atletico Madrid for two more years, but Milan is reportedly prepared to activate his €13m release clause. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan has offered Morata a lucrative €4m-a-year deal until 2027 as they pursue the Spanish striker.

As Morata’s future hangs in the balance, the focus has shifted from his on-field performance to the controversy surrounding his relationship with the media. Campello’s public defense of her husband sheds light on the personal toll that media scrutiny can take on players and their families, prompting a reflection on the responsibility of journalists and the power of their words.