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Official: Morata joins Atletico permanently

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Chelsea and the Spanish La Liga club has reached an agreement to let the player switch after two years as a Blues footballer.

Former Real Madrid and Juventus striker, Alvaro Morata, has agreed to join Atletico Madrid permanently leaving Chelsea.

The 26-year-old joined the Blues in 2017, and in January he was loaned to Los Colchoneros for six months.

But today both clubs have announced that he will be loaned one more year, before joining Atletico on a permanent deal in 2020.

“Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have today agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Alvaro Morata,” the English Premier League side wrote on its official website.

“Morata, who is on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season, will now join Atletico in a permanent switch after two years as a Chelsea player, in which he scored 24 times in 72 appearances.”

“Sarri’s preference for using Eden Hazard as a central striker thereafter, however, restricted Morata’s involvement, although he did score both of our goals – his last for the club in his final game – in an FA Cup third-round win over Nottingham Forest,” they said.

“We would like to thank Alvaro for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Atletico Madrid published a small statement saying: “The Spanish striker will play at our club on loan this season, as was agreed when he joined Atletico in the January transfer window, and the move will become permanent at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.”