MADRID (AP) — Spain striker Alvaro Morata is moving to Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal from Chelsea, ending a disappointing two years in England.
Morata finally scores, Atletico keeps pace with Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata's celebration finally counted this time.
After twice having goals disallowed by video review in previous games, the newly signed striker got his first goal for...
To take on Ronaldo, Atletico could unleash attacking trio
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid could unleash an attacking trio in an effort to finally outdo Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be able to call on Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata when his team hosts Juventus in the first leg of the last 16 on Wednesday, in what will be Ronaldo's first match in Madrid since leaving Real Madrid last year.
Atletico loses on Morata debut, Real Madrid beats Alaves
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid lost its first Spanish league game since September on the day of Alvaro Morata's much-anticipated debut.
The newly signed striker had a lackluster debut as second-placed Atletico lost 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday to miss its chance to move closer to league leader Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid, Morata try to leave behind Real Madrid days
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid did its best to distance Alvaro Morata from his days with rival Real Madrid.
The newly signed striker was officially presented on Tuesday, with Atletico showing a video that included images of Morata wearing Atletico's jersey as a kid and teenager.
Atletico signed him on Monday to an 18-month loan from Chelsea, bringing him back to where he started playing as a child. But many Atletico fans have criticized the transfer because of his past with Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid signs Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata has fond memories of the time he was a ball boy at Atletico Madrid's old Vicente Calderon Stadium.
So much so that he still owns one of the vests he used to wear during matches.
"Every time I see a ball boy, I see myself in him," the striker said. "And when I was not a ball boy, I was in the stands watching Atletico. I used to dream of one day being on the field and playing."
Morata hits target at last in Chelsea’s Europa League win
Former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata ended a miserable spell of form with the only goal of the game on Thursday as Chelsea recorded its second straight 1-0 victory in the Europa League, against plucky Hungarian side Vidi.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
Morata making the most of his time in the spotlight
Alvaro Morata was only a few weeks into life at Chelsea when some of the vulnerability that has cropped up during his career appeared to strike again.
"They're already killing me," Morata said of his perceived critics following his miss in Chelsea's penalty shootout loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
They were worrying words from a player who was about to start the season as the undisputed No. 1 striker at a top club for the first time.
Chelsea condemns anti-Semitic song about Morata by own fans
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea ordered its fans to stop singing a song about striker Alvaro Morata containing an anti-Semitic lyric that was heard during Saturday's game at Leicester.
The chant references Chelsea supporters' loathing of Tottenham and features an offensive term to describe Jewish people that they use as a derogatory alternative name for the north London club.
Morata headed in Chelsea's first goal in a 2-1 victory at Leicester.
With talented youngsters, Spain on its way back to the top
MADRID (AP) — It's time to start taking Spain seriously again.
After struggling with its aging squad in the last two major soccer tournaments, Spain is on its way back to the top thanks to a group of talented young players and a promising coach.
"La Roja" is playing well again led by coach Julen Lopetegui and youngsters such as Marco Asensio, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Alvaro Morata.
LONDON (AP) — Five teams to keep an eye on in the English Premier League, which starts on Friday.
Antonio Conte ignited the first managerial feud of the season when he said that Chelsea must avoid "a Mourinho season" as the champions seek to defend their Premier League title.
Conte was referring to Chelsea's implosion under Jose Mourinho during the 2015-16 season when the Portuguese was fired before the halfway point as the team failed to defend its title.
LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on Friday and is set to take over from Diego Costa as the main striker for the English champion.
Chelsea announced the signing of the Spain international without giving a fee. He signed for five years.
Costa was one of Chelsea's key players in its run to the Premier League title last season. But he said last month that he was told by coach Antonio Conte he wasn't wanted for the coming season.
Iniesta returns as Spain seeks to avenge loss to Italy
MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.
Spain will be seeking to avenge a loss to Italy at the European Championship that ended the team's bid for a third consecutive continental title.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named Iniesta to his squad on Friday for the upcoming away qualifiers Oct. 6 and 9.
Ronaldo and Morata save Madrid in Champions League
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata scored very late goals as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 and avoid starting the defense of its Champions League title with a shock defeat on Wednesday.
Ronaldo equalized from an 89th minute free kick against his former club and Morata netted the winner deep in injury time to give the hosts a hard-fought victory in a match Sporting had largely under control.