Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Chelsea.
The striker Morata, who fell completely out of favor with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, will move to Wanda Metropolitano on an 18-month loan, as the two clubs agreed.
Morata spent four seasons at Atletico’s academy under the name “Alevin”, and during that time he played alongside Koke, and the La Liga side happily point out that the pair of them will now be reunited in the first team.
The Spanish international, however, made his name across town playing for Real Madrid for which he signed his first professional contract, before moving to Juventus in 2014. Real exercised their buy-back option two years later and sold them to Chelsea after a season of having him back. It’s fair to say he didn’t impress for the Londoners, and Sarri has recently preferred using Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role than giving Morata a chance to redeem himself.
A move away seems like a logical solution, one that should fit all parties’ interests, and Atletico are obviously happy to have him aboard.
by Veselin Trajkovic