In January, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata completed a loan switch to Atletico Madrid, where the Spanish forward will finish the season today against Levante.
The 26-year-old has another year left on loan with the La Liga side and earlier this week, the Blues loanee indicated his career at Stamford Bridge might be over.
“What is clear is what I want, I want to be here. I’m going to do all I can to keep playing here, I did all I could to come, and I will do all I can to stay,” Morata told Marca.
The Spain international emphasised his happiness with life in Madrid and sounded ambivalent about eventually returning to Chelsea in the summer of 2020.
“It’s clear that I’m on loan, but things are advancing well. If things go well, it will come to a good solution,” he added.
The comments hardly sound like those of a player who is desperate to return to west London, and few can blame Morata after the difficult time he spent at Chelsea.
Signed for around £60 million in 2017, the Spaniard often looked devoid of confidence and form, struggling in front of goal and even being jeered by his own supporters.
But since joining Atletico, Morata has revitalised his career. With six goals in his first 17 matches, the 26-year-old has begun to recapture his past scoring prowess and is eager to tie his long-term future to Atletico Madrid.
Few Chelsea supporters will be sad to see the forward leave, but with a transfer ban upcoming, the club can ill afford to be losing many more players.