Alvaro Morata: What Chelsea striker said after joining Atletico Madrid

Tanya Simon
January 29, 2019

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of next season, the Spanish side confirmed in a statement on Monday.

While obviously unhappy at Chelsea, Morata never downed tools and simply continued to do his best despite taking the majority of the flak for attempting to spearhead a team that has a history of under-utilising its strikers.

But the forward, who initially became Chelsea's record signing in a £70.6million deal in the summer of 2017, has made a swift return to Spain after Atletico agreed a £9m loan deal.

Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one. Although a former Real Madrid player as a professional, Morata was first on the books of Atlético as a kid. At Chelsea, however, the Spanish worldwide has been unable to convince, having managed to score just 24 goals in 72 appearances in all competitions.

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"Following the arrival of Olivier Giroud in January, striking responsibilities were shared between the pair during the second part of the campaign". To that end, Gonzalo Higuain was signed on-loan from AC Milan, which effectively spelled the end of Morata at Stamford Bridge.

As a youngster, the 26-year-old had a stint in Atletico's youth academy and expressed his happiness at being able to play for the club. Atletico Madrid, however, were believed to be the favourites to land Morata over the last week or so. His signing should take some of the pressure off Antoine Griezmann as their main goalscorer following injury to Diego Costa.

Atletico are scheduled to face two of Morata's former clubs in the next month - with games against Real Madrid (February 9 - La Liga) and Juventus (February 20 - Champions League).

Set to line up alongside Diego Godin and others at Atletico Madrid.

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