Morata back at Atletico after Juventus loan ends

The Spanish international striker will leave Turin after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement which would have allowed him to extend his stay in Italy. “Alvaro Morata’s adventure at Juventus is over,” the Italian club said in a statement. “The Spanish striker, on loan from Atletico Madrid for the past two seasons, is leaving the Bianconeri for the second time and returns to the ranks of the Colchoneros.”

Morata was on his second stint at Juve after being loaned there from Atletico in 2020, winning the Italian Cup the following year and scoring 32 times in all competitions. He already played for the club between 2014 and 2016, when he won two league and cup doubles and reached the Champions League final in 2015. The 29-year-old was happy at Juventus and said he wanted to stay in Turin. “Getting the chance to wear this jersey is one of the best things that has ever happened to me,” Morata said in a farewell message on Instagram.

Juventus had to pay 35 million euros to make Morata’s move permanent as per Atletico deal, but Italian media report he could still return if the Spanish side lowers its asking price during summer.

Juve also formalized the departures of Paulo Dybala and the Italian international Federico Bernadeschi, whose contracts expire on Thursday. In March, club CEO Maurizio Arrivabene said Dybala’s contract would not be renewed as the Argentine striker was strongly tipped to sign for arch-rivals Inter Milan.

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