Fernando Torres Will Leave Atletico Madrid At The End Of The Season
Striker Fernando Torres is set to leave La Liga giants Atletico Madrid after this season.
Torres signed an additional year contact with his boyhood club last year in order to help the club through their transfer ban, but he has now told reporters that he will not be remaining at the side he's played almost 400 times for.
Torres has had a glorious career at both club and international level despite having mixed success in the Premier League.
At Liverpool, under his Madrid counterpart Rafa Benitez, the forward was lethal in attack, netting 81 times in 142 games for the Reds.
He was surely a hero at the Kop, but a sudden and sensational £50 million move to Chelsea in January 2011 changed that.
It was at Stamford Bridge where his form depleted, scoring only 45 goals in 172 for the Blues before he was loaned to A.C Milan, where he only played ten times.
Despite the multiple clubs the Spaniard has been at, his heart has always seemingly remained with Atletico, having joined their youth system way back in 1995 at 11-years-old.
He rejoined the side in 2014 under the pioneering defensive coach Diego Simeone, a manager who has made Atletico's title challenges look credible almost every year - even once winning it; all in lieu of the dazzling strength, size, and ability of Barcelona and local rivals Real Madrid.
His contract with the side in the Spanish capital is set to be up at the end of the season, and at an event for LG (h/t Goal), the 34-year-old said he will be finally moving on to find a new club for next season.
"When I joined Atletico I was 10 years old and it's my house," said a sentimental Torres.
"I was lucky to debut, to play, to score goals...it's always been my home. I can have many houses, but only one home. This is my last season at the club - it was not an easy decision, but under the circumstances, it's maybe for the best. I want to continue playing somewhere else. I feel good."
Who knows, we could be seeing the striker back in the Premier League with Benitez, at a Newcastle United lacking in goals.
Words: Jacque Talbot