Alvaro Morata said his final goodbyes to his Real Madrid teammates on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his transfer to Chelsea.
The striker is travelling London to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical after Chelsea agreed an initial club-record £58 million fee, which could rise to £70m with add-ons.
The 24-year-old embraced a number of his teammates after sharing a brief hug with manager, Zinedine Zidane.
“They are friends, I’ll keep talking to them. The team and the city might change, but I know that they will always be there,” said Morata in a brief conversation with Spanish daily, AS, before boarding a flat from Los Angeles to London.
“I have thanked him (Zinedine Zidane) for everything, and wished him luck for this year.”
The former Juventus striker was linked with a summer move to Manchester United before the club opted to sign Romelu Lukaku.
“It has been a slightly strange summer for me. A lot of things have happened. In the end, if God wishes, tomorrow I will be at a club that have wanted me for years, with a manager whom I have spoken to constantly. So I’m really happy.
“I have been training hard for whatever outcome, but I was clear that this was my objective. It’s sad to leave Real Madrid, but I hope that everything will go well for me at Chelsea.”
Morata scored 15 La Liga goals for Real last season but was keen on a move in order to obtain more regular first team football.