Alvaro Morata is happy and so are those close to him, which is surely a very good thing.
The striker had a torrid time at Chelsea and was clearly unsettled at the club, having been much more content the last time he left Real Madrid. His stay at Juventus and life in Turin seemed to make Morata happy, and he perhaps expected he’d settle just as well elsewhere.
Now at Atletico Madrid on a complicated loan-to-buy deal which has a myriad of clauses, he doesn’t intend to go anywhere. Speaking to the Spanish media on Thursday evening, he made it clear he has no intention of returning to Chelsea next season.
Spanish newspaper AS quote him as saying: “My thing is to put myself on the pitch to play. What is clear is what I want. I want to be here and I will do everything possible to continue playing here. I did everything in my power to come and I will do everything in my power to stay. I don’t think of going anywhere. I’m happy here. The years that I have left to play at the highest level I want to be here.”
Chelsea haven’t contacted Morata and he doesn’t expect them to either, explaining there’s contractual things that footballers should just leave to others to sort out.
With Atletico’s great summer exodus getting under way, it’s likely they feel as strongly about keeping the striker as he does about staying.