A number of Chelseas players have grown frustrated with Alvaro Moratas attitude as the Spaniard nears a January move away from Stamford Bridge.
Morata has endured a difficult spell in England since leaving Real Madrid 18 months ago, with his two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup his first strikes since a brace against Crystal Palace at the start of November.
Rather strangely, he refused to celebrate after netting against Forest and it was later claimed that he was making a point about the lack of respect hes been shown by the club.
Morata is now widely expected to leave Chelsea this month and few of his teammates will miss him, with The Independent reporting that his meek attitude has become a source of frustration among his teammates.
Several players have urged Morata to show more fight on the pitch – something his performances have always lacked – though their pleas did not get much of a response.
Morata has been linked with AC Milan and Sevilla, but now Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign the Spaniard and end his Chelsea nightmare.
The 26-year-old is believed to be keen on returning to Madrid despite playing for Atleticos rivals Real and is enticed by the prospect of working under Diego Simeone.
Moratas agent is in in London to secure his departure from Chelsea, with a loan until the end of the season and an obligation to buy in the summer the most likely outcome.
The former Juventus striker was reportedly unhappy with comments made by Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola, who said he needed to learn to deal with the pressures of playing for a big club.
People expect a lot from Chelseas number nine, said the Italian. They expect a lot of goals and many great performances. He plays at Chelsea, not at Southampton or Brighton, with respect for these clubs.
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