Fernando Torres Set For January Move Away From Atletico Madrid
Once upon a time Fernando Torres was the king of all that was Atletico Madrid but now it looks like the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward will be leaving the Spanish capital for the second time.
Torres was the young captain at Atletico Madrid when they went from a second tier club to a La Liga side so when he returned after poor spells at AC Milan and Chelsea in 2015 it was as a hero.
The 33 year old did recapture some of his old form back at the club where he found notoriety and won the Segunda division some 13 years before in the 2001/02 season.
A picture is worth 1000 words, Torres time at Stamford Bridge pretty much summed up. Image: PA
Obviously Torres has never quite hit the heights of his early time in the Premier League with Liverpool but he certainly did better than his later years in England when at Chelsea.
Now though the reintroduction of another Chelsea player to Atleti looks to be speeding the second exit from his childhood club.
According to Spanish outlet Cadena SER Torres has made the decision to leave the Wanda Metropolitano in January with offers from China and MLS reportedly on the table.
Torres bagged eight goals in the league last season but is yet to do so this term. Image: PA
The Spanish striker could have left in the summer but decided to stay put due to the amount of games he had at the end of last season and the club's inability to bring in a replacement.
Atleti are still under a transfer ban so couldn't sign anyone in the summer, the same reason Antoine Griezmann decided to stay, but in January Diego Costa will join.
What a lovely mullett Mr Torres. Image: PA
So far this season Torres has only started once in La Liga this season and the reports suggest that his relationship with Diego Simeone has been damaged by the lack of game time.
It's quite a sad end to the time at a club for such a legend of it but at least he's had the chance to play at the new ground.
Where will Torres end up next?