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Chelsea striker Morata moves to Atletico on loan

Chelsea striker Morata moves to Atletico on loan
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Chelsea v Nottingham Forest - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - January 5, 2019 Chelsea's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh   -   Copyright  EDDIE KEOGH(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of next season, the Spanish side said in a statement on Monday.

The 26-year-old had a medical in Spain on Sunday ahead of the move after Chelsea signed Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain on loan last week.

Morata spend four seasons at Atletico’s academy before signing for rivals Real Madrid. He also played for Juventus before joining Chelsea in July 2017 and scored 24 goals in 72 appearances for the London club.

His last appearance for Chelsea was against Nottingham Forest on Jan. 5 where he scored both goals in a 2-0 FA Cup victory.

“Morata has proven himself as a prolific goalscorer in some of Europe’s most competitive leagues,” Atletico said on their website.

“With Morata’s arrival, we add a very talented striker to our club, who has the ability to score with his feet and his head thanks to his height… and to combine with his team mates.”

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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