Fernando Morientes would prefer a return to Monaco if he leaves Real Madrid, and says a decision on his future will be made soon.

Morientes was a huge success on loan at Monaco last season, helping the club to the Champions League final. But he has struggled to get a game sicne returning to Madrid, with Raul, Ronaldo and now Michael Owen ahead of him in the pecking order.

“If there is an attractive proposition, I could be keen to leave during the winter,” confirmed Morientes in L’Equipe.

“But I am not in control of the situation. I am under contract with Real Madrid and the club will make the decision.

“Monaco would be a good option. Without doubt, the best option.

“I know the club, I know how things work, I love the place and I had great times there.

“I have had no contact with the Monaco officials. I have contact with my former team-mates and Didier Deschamps, even if we don’t obviously talk about a professional matter.

“I am not in a situation where I can openly state my desire.”

It had been thought that a loan move back to Monaco could be on the cards, but Morientes says that a permanent switch would be the better option for all concerned.

“I have a precise idea, but I prefer to keep it to myself. I still have a year and a half on my contract with Real Madrid, and a loan does not seems to be the best solution for Real, for me, or for the club that would welcome me.

“I think things will improve relatively quickly. We will soon meet with the Madrid officials. A decision will then be taken and then I will openly state my desire.”