Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has insisted that he wishes to remain with Atletico Madrid beyond this summer. The Spaniard was sent on loan to the La Liga club in January after struggling to find form for the Blues during the first half of the season. Since moving to Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Morata’s form and confidence have appeared to have improved as scored six goals and provide one assist during the second half of the campaign.

Due to the Blues’ transfer ban this summer, there has been talk that they could possibly re-integrate Morata into the first-team plans for next season. Olivier Giroud is set to remain at the club for at least another season but the veteran is not a prolific scorer of goals and cannot be relied upon to be first-choice striker.

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In spite of the transfer ban, the Blues will have an option to retain Gonzalo Higuain but it remains to be seen whether they will do so. When Higuain joined the club in January, he was registered with the club, he can be signed permanently this summer as was included in a clause on his deal. The same will also apply to Mateo Kovacic who joined the West London club from Real Madrid last summer.

Asked if he will be remaining with Chelsea, Morata said as quoted by talkSport:  “I don’t know, that is about contracts, I just care about going onto the pitch to play.

“It’s clear what I want. I want to be here, I’m going to do everything I can to continue playing here. I did everything in my power to come, and I’ll do everything in my power to stay.

“I do not even consider going to another club. I’m delighted and I think I have to do a lot of things here.

“I do not have anything else in mind, I would like to be at Atletico de Madrid all the years that I have left of my career, to be as important as possible in the future.”