Atletico Madrid snaps up Chelsea misfit

Morata has struggled for form and confidence despite a bright start to his Stamford Bridge career

Morata has struggled for form and confidence despite a bright start to his Stamford Bridge career

Alvaro Morata has completed a move to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea on an initial loan deal until the end of the 2019/20 season.

He had a medical in Spain on Sunday.

The 26-year-old had a medical in Spain on Sunday ahead of the move after Chelsea signed Argentina global Gonzalo Higuain on loan last week.

Morata told Atletico's official website: "I'm very happy and proud to be here". I can't wait to start training, meet my new teammates and play.

"You have to respect the opinion and the fans can say what they want", coach Diego Simeone said afterwards.

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Frank Lampard's Derby travel to either Brighton or West Brom while Bristol City will host either Shrewsbury or Wolves. All games are scheduled to take place between the 15th and 18th of February.

The Spanish striker joined Chelsea 18 months ago for a club record but has struggled to find his form in the Premier League. He scored 24 goals in 74 appearances for the English club since signing for Chelsea from Real Madrid the summer of 2017.

The former Real Madrid forward has failed to find the back of the net since last November and has been usually been left out of matchday squads by Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri's recent signing of Gonzalo Higuain effectively ended his stay after losing his place in the starting XI to Eden Hazard as a false nine.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has endured a particularly disappointing season to date with just one goal to show from 11 La Liga matches.

Croatia's Nikola Kalinic, who joined Atletico in August, could be allowed to leave.

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