Alvaro Morata is officially an Atletico Madrid player having completed an 18-month loan move from Chelsea.
Morata moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2017, making a £58 million move from Real Madrid.
His career in the Premier League got off to a fine start, scoring six goals in his first six outings, but has since seen his form nosedive.
In total, the 26-year-old scored just 24 in 72 appearances for the Blues, and has been allowed to return to his hometown, joining Atletico Madrid on loan until the June 2020.
.@AlvaroMorata has today joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Good luck, Alvaro! 👊
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 28, 2019
Having come through the Atletico academy alongside long-serving midfielder Koke, Morata has said that he is delighted to be returning to La Liga.
“I’m very happy and proud to be here. I can’t wait to start training, meet my new teammates and play,” Morata told the Atletico Madrid website.
He will be hoping that a return to Spanish football will help him regain his place in the Spain international setup, where he has scored 13 goals in 27 caps for La Roja.
Morata will wear the number 22 shirt at the Wanda Metropolitano and will compete for game time with Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa – the man who he initially replaced at Stamford Bridge.