Atletico Madrid Eye Up Loan Move For Chelsea's Alvaro Morata
Alvaro Morata's troubles at Chelsea could be saved by a return to Madrid with Atletico Madrid the latest club to be linked with a loan move for the Blues' striker.
Most players know it's got to a pretty bad situation when they aren't picked and in their place is someone who isn't natural in their position. That's essentially what's happened to Alvaro Morata this season.
Eden Hazard might be easily described as a 'forward' and he has, on occasion, filled in as the main front man but recently this season under Maurizio Sarri the Belgian has given up his wide role or number 10 position to play as the main striker.
That change in approach from the new Blues boss has probably caused an alarm bell or two in the mind of Morata. The Spanish striker has started just 11 Premier League games this season, only scoring five league goals.
The last time Morata started in the league and Chelsea won was at the beginning of November when the west London side beat Crystal Palace, also not a good start.
Now the former Juventus forward is being linked with a move away from the English capital in the January transfer window, with a move back to Spain looking ever more likely.
It was expected he would move to Sevilla but according to Goal Atletico Madrid have started talks with Morata's agent and they will have a meeting in the next 48 hours over a loan move.
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The 26 year old started at Atleti's academy before eventually signing for their locals rivals Real. He came through the ranks at the Bernabeu, where Jose Mourinho gave him his debut, and returned there after his spell with Juve.
A return to the Spanish capital would work for Morata as he still has friends and family in his hometown.
As well as playing Hazard in the central role upfront Chelsea have also been linked with a move in January for Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus, although he's on loan to AC Milan at the moment.
Things certainly haven't gone as well as expected for Morata since he moved to England 18 months ago.