The Real Madrid defender has no hard feelings as his Spain team-mate closes in on a move to a rival

Dani Carvajal said he is happy for former Real Madrid team-mate Alvaro Morata ahead of his move to bitter LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid.

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Morata is poised to swap Premier League side Chelsea for Atletico on an initial 18-month loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent.

The 26-year-old forward left Madrid for Chelsea in 2017, however, the Spaniard has struggled at Stamford Bridge over the past year.

Carvajal has no hard feelings as Morata – who emerged from Madrid’s youth system and won two Champions League titles as well as a pair of LaLiga trophies among others – closes in on Atletico.

 “They are decisions of each player. I do not judge him,” Madrid full-back Carvajal told reporters following Sunday’s 4-2 win against Espanyol.

“If he is happy at Atletico, I am happy for him. He is my friend and I wish him the best.

“I’m happy for him because in England he did not have many opportunities

“We just hope he does not have a good game against us [On February 9].”

Not all are as pleased, though, as a group of Atletico supporters protested the signing this past weekend.

Morata, who says he is “proud” of his past at Real Madrid, has scored five goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season, while he has managed nine in all competitions.

Chelsea recently brought in Gonzalo Higuain on an initial loan deal from Juventus, with the Argentine earning a debut in Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid currently sit second in the league, five points behind league-leaders Barcelona, while Real Madrid are in third with a five-point gap separating them from their local rivals.

 

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