MORATA ARRIVES SPAIN TO COMPLETE HIS SWITCH TO ATLETICO MADRID

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has arrived in Spain to complete his £9million loan move to Atletico Madrid, according to Daily Mail.

The La Liga club have the option to make the move permanent for £48.5million should the striker impress during his short stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The 26-year-old striker will have a medical on Sunday as he seeks to end his struggles in England.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri lost faith in the striker and opted to use Eden Hazard as a false nine in recent weeks and the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain means Morata is surplus to requirement at Chelsea.

While the news of his move to Atletico Madrid will be welcomed by most Chelsea fans, Atletico ultras are against the move and made their feelings clear during Atletico’s win over Getafe on Saturday by chanting against the loan switch, according to Spanish media outlet AS.

AS claim Atletico’s ultras sang “Less Morata, more Borja Garces” at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. However, their chants were countered by other section of Atletico fans, as their chants were met with whistles from other Atletico supporters.

The 26-year-old striker was originally part of Atletico’s youth setup before moving on to Getafe and then Real Madrid in 2008.

He scored nine goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season. Morata hasn’t featured for Chelsea since the 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in which he netted both goals but refused to celebrate any of the goals.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri recently revealed Morata told him about a month ago that he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge.

“Morata is potentially a very good player,” Sarri said. “He has the characteristics for playing in my team, but one month ago he said he wanted to play for another team.

“It was very difficult for him to give us 100 per cent because of his mental situation. He is very suitable for my football, but the situation has changed in the last month, so we needed to change.

“In the January market it is very difficult to get a very good striker. Gonzalo was in a situation we could try to get him, so we decided to try.”

Sarri revealed at the start of the January transfer window that he didn’t want to sign a striker, but with Morata opting for a way out, the Blues boss had to go for Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain.

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