Alvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid permanently after initially signing for the La Liga side on loan from Chelsea back in January, the club’s official website has confirmed.
The Telegraph earlier reported that the Blues gave Atletico an ultimatum to sign him outright or watch him get recalled, with events quickly moving since then.
The 26-year-old had endured a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge following his move from Real Madrid back in 2017 — with Maurizio Sarri coming out to question his mentality — and he has since spoken about his desire to remain in his homeland.
“I have been clear that I want to be here [Atletico]. It’s not even in my head to leave this club,” Morata told Marca at the end of May.
It is probably best for everyone that Morata has called time on his Chelsea career. Based on his words, the Spaniard clearly did not want to return to Stamford Bridge. And while the Blues, of course, have that transfer ban, they do have other centre-forwards they can call upon.
Tammy Abraham, for example, was just one Chelsea player Frank Lampard name-checked on Thursday following the 21-year-old’s impressive loan spell at Aston Villa last season.
“Tammy Abraham is the same [as Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori in regards to getting a chance] who I played against in the final, players like that who have been on loan, come back and know that what they show in pre-season will give them opportunity,” Lampard said during his unveiling as Chelsea manager (via Birmingham Live).
Ultimately, while it appears that someone such as Abraham could be in Lampard’s plans next season, it seems like that was never going to be the case for Morata. And when you factor in all of the above, it is surely the outcome that suits everyone associated with the west London club.
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