Morata is expected to complete an initial 18-month loan move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, who will have an option to buy.

The 26-year-old signed a five-year contract when he joined Chelsea from Real Madrid for a then club record £60m fee in July 2017. Morata has made 47 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring 16 times. His last start was against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on 5 January.


His imminent departure follows the arrival of Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan to Chelsea. And Atletico Madrid have allowed Portugal winger Gelson Martins to join Ligue 1 side Monaco on loan until the end of the season.

Speaking to reporters at the airport, Morata said: “I’m happy to be in Madrid, I’ve been waiting for many days. I’m super happy and I want everything to be finalised, to start and train with my colleagues.
The people who have always been with me know how I feel today, how the last days have been. It’s normal for people to have their thoughts [about playing for Atletico after Real Madrid], I know what I can do.
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.”


Morata’s Real Madrid teammate Carvajal said that he has no hard feelings for Morata. Morata emerged from Real Madrid’s youth system and won two Champions League titles as well as a pair of LaLiga trophies among others.

Morata and Carvajal

Carvajal told reporters after Sunday’s 4-2 win against Espanyol : “They are decisions of each player. I do not judge him. If he is happy at Atletico, I am happy for him. He is my friend and I wish him the best.
I’m happy for him because in England he did not have many opportunities. We just hope he does not have a good game against us [On February 9].”

Atletico Madrid are currently second in the La Liga table and Morata could be handed his debut against Real Betis on 3rd February.

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