Alvaro Morata has finally made an 18-month loan switch from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid after days of speculation.
Alvaro Morata signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2017 as a replacement to Diego Costa. Just 1 and a half years later, he joins Costa at Atletico Madrid with both the Spaniards looking out of their depth at the moment. Morata has departed on an 18-month loan till the end of the 2019/2020 Season. This move completes the Transfer merry go round that involved Piatek moving to AC Milan from Genoa, Higuain from Milan to Chelsea and Finally Morata from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid.
Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one.
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— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019
Atleti have paid an initial 9 Million pound Loan fee for the Spaniard and Chelsea have apparently added a 50 Million euro option to buy the player. Morata had a Season and a half to forget as a player in West London and has looked out of his depth as a Chelsea player. Despite starting well for the Blues, scoring 10 goals in his first 4 months as a Chelsea player, Morata failed to capitalize on his start and deteriorated as time progressed.
Reportedly, the Spaniard was always committed to Chelsea but a few weeks back requested to leave the Club when the Gonzalo Higuain links to Chelsea got stronger. Atletico Madrid presented an opportunity for Morata to have an out and the Club were delighted to have acquired the player
“Morata has proven himself as a prolific goalscorer in some of Europe’s most competitive leagues,” said the Club on their website.
Morata spent two years in Atletico Madrid’s youth academy as a teenager before moving on to Getafe and later city rivals Real Madrid. Morata even posted a picture on his social media from over a decade ago that clearly is the ultimate throwback moment for Atletico fans. See for yourself.
— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) January 28, 2019
Morata is undoubtedly a striker with a lot of potential and Chelsea just wasn’t the Club for him. Diego Simeone has the tendency to resurrect his career and Morata will be looking forward to forming a deadly duo with Antoine Griezmann. Morata spoke about his early Atletico connect and even spoke about his struggles at Chelsea.
“I began my career at Atletico and the people who know where I come from and know my history know what this means for me. The past is the past, and it cannot be changed, and I’m very proud of it. I am looking forward to everything being Alvaro Morata moves to Atletico Madridcompleted so I can start training with my team-mates.”
Morata trained alone just hours after signing for his new Club in an attempt to regain match fitness considering his last game came against Nottingham Forest on January the 5th. Incidentally, Morata scored twice in Chelsea’s eventual 2-0 win and the former Real Madrid striker will be hoping to get his Atletico Madrid career off to a flying start on Sunday when his new team takes on Real Betis.