Chelsea striker joins Atletico Madrid

Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata has completed his move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, signing for the Spanish club on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season.

The Spaniard joins on an initial 18-month loan deal, having become surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus.

It marks a return to the club where Morata began his youth career, before eventually starting his professional career with rivals Real Madrid.

Morata joined Chelsea from Real following a stint at Juventus, becoming their club record signing in a £58million deal in the summer of 2017.

He scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the club, but struggled to nail down a regular first team spot, with new manager Maurizio Sarri sometimes opting deploy Eden Hazard in a false nine role at the spearhead of his attack.

Speaking to Atletico’s club website, Morata said: “I feel very happy. I am very content and very proud to be here, I can’t wait to train, to be with my teammates and to play.”

On Sunday, Atletico forward Gelson Martins joined AS Monaco, paving the way for Morata’s arrival.


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