Alvero Morata moves to Atletico Madrid on loan

Alvero Morata has completed an 18-month long loan move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid with a purchase option set for the end of that time.

Alvero Morata has reached a deal to join the La Liga after scoring five goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season, for a total of nine in all competitions.

A statement on Atletico Madrid’s website announcing the deal read:

“Atletico Madrid has reached an agreement with Chelsea Football Club over the loan of the 26-year-old for the remainder of the season and the next one. The striker has signed his contract after having passed his medical on Sunday.

“Alvaro Morata is now an Atletico Madrid player. The striker has already signed his contract for the remainder of the current season and the next one after our club reached an agreement with Chelsea Football Club and the player passed his medical at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.”

Morata is understood to have taken a pay cut on his current $158,000 per week wages upon the activation of Atletico’s option to purchase.

Despite a bright start to life at Stamford Bridge – scoring seven goals in his first seven games in a Chelsea shirt – the Spaniard struggled for form and confidence and a January departure looked increasingly likely as Maurizio Sarri stepped up his pursuit of Higuain.

The 26-year-old said he was delighted with the move. “I’m very happy and proud to be here,” he told Atletico Madrid’s website. “I can’t wait to start training, meet my new teammates and play.”

Morata spent four seasons at Atletico’s academy before signing for rivals Real Madrid. He also played for Juventus before joining Chelsea in July 2017 for a fee of around £60m.

“I started playing at Atletico. People who know where I come from, they know my history and what this means to me. The past is the past, I am proud of that.” He said

The Spaniard striker will wear the number 22 shirt.

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