Confirmed Torres to leave Atletico Madrid

first_imgFernando Torres has confirmed that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season and is determined to finish on a highThe former Liverpool and Chelsea forward’s future at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano has been heavily debated after Diego Simeone confirmed that Torres will not be getting a new contract at Atletico with the Spaniard has fallen down the pecking order this season with Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann often being partnered up front together.Torres first signed for Atletico as a 10 year-old boy in 1995 and made his debut for the senior side in 2001, where his performances caught the interest of many clubs throughout Europe.In 2007, Torres left his boyhood club for Liverpool for a reported fee of £20m and thrived in his first season in the Premier League under Rafael Benitez with an impressive 33 goals in his 46 appearances in all competitions.The World Cup winner later secured a reported £50m move to Chelsea, where his decisive goal against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2012 Champions League at the Nou Camp booked the club’s place in the final against Bayern Munich, which they later won on penalties.After a lackluster loan spell with AC Milan, Torres returned to Atletico in January 2015 and has made a total of 34 goals in his 139 appearances.“When I arrived at the age of 10, I always thought that Atletico would be my home,” said Torres, according to Marca.“I have enjoyed the Atleti that I always dreamt of.“I’d like to take the opportunity to say that this season will be my last at the club.“It has not been an easy decision, it has cost me a lot to take it.“Given the reality, the circumstances, maybe it is for the best.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Having only started nine times for Atletico this season, Torres came to the decision that it was time to leave his beloved club.“I think this is the best time to say it,” said the 34 year-old.“You can all see the prominence that I am having and it is very little.“Today isn’t a day for reproaches. I am just trying to explain to the fans how I feel.“It has nothing to do with the club. The club doesn’t have names or surnames. This is the best way to carry myself for the next month and a half.”For now, at least, Torres intends to give his all for Atletico and hopes that he can leave with another title for the club.“I believe I can offer something in games, but the reality of the season is not that,” insisted Torres.“If everything goes well I can go out with a title.“This year I’m playing a lot less than the previous one but I have never surrendered.“If they didn’t count on me for next year I would have liked to have been told.”last_img

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