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Guillem Balague delivers update on Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea FC future

12 January 2019
Guillem Balague delivers update on Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea FC future

Does Morata need to leave Chelsea?

Atletico Madrid are reportedly the new frontrunners to sign Alvaro Morata as Sevilla are ready to bow out of the chase for the Chelsea striker. Five things to know...

With the January transfer window now open, Morata has been linked with a loan move away from Chelsea FC until the end of the season at least.

However, he has scored just five times in 16 Premier League appearances and Sarri has often resorted to playing Eden Hazard through the middle.

Morata missed the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat to Tottenham Hotspur with what Chelsea described as a "minor hamstring injury".

Speaking to BBC Sport, La Liga expert Guillem Balague has explained that Morata's agent has been in Spain speaking to clubs about his client's future.

"It is true that I've heard this rumour, but he is not our player; he is Chelsea's and we have to respect them".

The problem for Morata, who has struggled to justify his £60m price tag ever since moving to Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2017, is that the Blues are not likely to sanction his exit until they can find a suitable replacement so as not to leave themselves short.

Peter Crouch, who now plays for Stoke City, called upon Chelsea to re-sign former striker Diego Costa, who joined Atletico Madrid just last summer. "It's all too complicated, it sounds very odd".

But, Morata's return to the Spanish League rests on Barca star Denis Suarez going the other way with Arsenal in contention for his signature but are unwilling to pay the £10m asking price for the 26-year-old.

"Right now, we are the players who are here and we shouldn't be thinking about players from elsewhere".