Alvaro Morata has passed a medical ahead of his imminent move to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, and admitted the switch is one he has been waiting for for some considerable time.

The forward, who initially became Chelsea’s record signing in a £70.6million deal in the summer of 2017, will make a return to La Liga in a loan move costing Atletico £9million.  

‘Everything went well, thank God,’ Morata told reporters as he left the Clinica Universidad de Navarra medical centre in Madrid, having flown to the Spanish capital from London on Saturday.

Alvaro Morata has passed a medical ahead of his imminent move to Atletico Madrid

Alvaro Morata has passed a medical ahead of his imminent move to Atletico Madrid

Alvaro Morata has passed a medical ahead of his imminent move to Atletico Madrid

The Spain international told reporters he had been waiting many days for this to happen

The Spain international told reporters he had been waiting many days for this to happen

The Spain international told reporters he had been waiting many days for this to happen

Morata, who passed through Atletico’s youth academy before switching to local rivals Real Madrid, is to sign an 18-month loan deal according to Spanish media reports, with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.

Morata, who also spent two years at Juventus, joined Chelsea from Real Madrid and was expected to take up the mantle of ruthless goalscoring.

Despite a promising start to his career in the Premier League, with 10 goals in his first five months, Morata has had a disappointing year with the London club, starting fewer than half their league games under coach Maurizio Sarri.

Morata posed for pictures outside the Clinica Universidad de Navarra medical centre in Madrid

Morata posed for pictures outside the Clinica Universidad de Navarra medical centre in Madrid

Morata posed for pictures outside the Clinica Universidad de Navarra medical centre in Madrid

Morata (right) returns to Atletico Madrid after coming through the club's youth system

Morata (right) returns to Atletico Madrid after coming through the club's youth system

Morata (right) returns to Atletico Madrid after coming through the club’s youth system

MORATA AT CHELSEA

Appearances: 72

Games started: 48 

Goals: 24

Mins per goal: 177.6 

Assists: 6

Chances created: 57

Pass accuracy: 74.1%

‘I’m very happy, I’ve spent days waiting for this,’ Morata added, also addressing his spell with Real, where he won one La Liga and two Champions League titles.

‘I began my career at Atletico and the people who know where I come from and know my history know what this means for me. The past is the past, and it cannot be changed, and I’m very proud of it. I am looking forward to everything being completed so I can start training with my team-mates.’

Morata joins an Atletico side who are second in La Liga and in the last 16 of the Champions League but have struggled to find a suitable strike partner for talismanic forward Antoine Griezmann.

Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic has struggled for form since joining last year, scoring just two goals this season.

Diego Costa, meanwhile, has had an unhappy return to Atletico since rejoining the club from Chelsea, scoring one league goal this season, and is currently recovering from foot surgery.