At long last, Alvaro Morata's Chelsea nightmare has come to an end.
Signed in 2017 for a then-club-record fee of £57m, the Spaniard's time at Stamford Bridge can be described as both underwhelming and frustrating.
Just sixteen goals in 47 Premier League appearances is a poor record for a striker who arrived from Real Madrid with the potential to become world class.
Morata has joined Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan deal and is due to face his two former clubs, Real and Juventus, over the coming months in La Liga and the Champions League respectively.
It's hoped that returning to Spain, where his senior career began in 2010, will help the 26-year-old rediscover his previous form.
Speaking to Atletico's website, Morata seemed delighted with the move.
"I'm very happy and proud to be here," he said on Monday. "I can't wait to start training, meet my new teammates and play."
Morata also posted a short but sweet tweet thanking Chelsea and wishing them luck for the future: "Thank you, goodbye and good luck!"
Morata's switch comes after his countryman and now-former teammate, Cesc Fabregas, sealed his own move away from Chelsea to Monaco earlier this month.
The Spanish pair both struggled for game time under Maurizio Sarri, who has favoured Eden Hazard as a striker and the younger likes of Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho in midfield this season.
Fabregas was one of the first to message Morata after his Chelsea exit was confirmed on Monday evening it showed what a class act he is.
In the tweet below, the 31-year-old recognised how much Morata has struggled in recent years and told him to "never give up".
"Lots of luck in this new stage @alvaromorata," Fabregas wrote. "You're big inside and out. Never give up. I hope you and your family will be very happy in Madrid."
Well played, Cesc.
Morata now has the chance to reinvent himself at Atletico, where he should get more opportunities to play than he did at Chelsea.News Now - Sport News