Fernando Torres is set to rejoin his boyhood team, Atletico Madrid, in the January transfer window, after a disappointing spell at AC Milan. Torres joined AC Milan on a two-year loan in the summer. However, Milan has decided to cut the loan short with only a solitary goal to show for his time at the San Siro.
Fernando Torres’ future at Stamford Bridge was in doubt, after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho brought in three new strikers in summer transfer window.
Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague reports on the move, “Our understanding is that Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan have reached an agreement for Fernando Torres to go back to Atletico Madrid.”
“It was all discussed, negotiated and agreed yesterday. It seems it is all confirmed. We have not received details from the club yet but (Atletico manager) Simeone asked for Fernando Torres three weeks ago. In fact, he wanted him in the summer but there was a transfer fee to be paid at that time that Atletico Madrid could not afford. The suggestion is that Chelsea have let him go for free but in any case it seems confirmed that Fernando Torres returns home.”
Balague continued, “I think Fernando Torres needs to rediscover his love for football. For me that’s the most important thing. He did very well as we all remember at Liverpool but at Chelsea we saw a different Fernando Torres.”
“His record was okay was under previous managers to Rafa Benitez. With Rafa Benitez he did well but it became very clear that Jose Mourinho did not have him in his plans. After that AC Milan was obviously a great alternative for both the club and himself but it just did not work for either and returning home for me is a way for him to rediscover his love for football. He’s wanted by the manager and that is another thing that has not happened in recent years. So all in all I think it is good for Fernando Torres and good for Atletico Madrid.”
Fernando Torres could make his second debut for Atletico against fierce rivals Real Madrid, who are currently top of La Liga with an impressive first half of the season. Previously, reports suggested that Torres could be on his way back to Liverpool. However, it seems Fernando’s move back to Atletico Madrid is all but confirmed.
Will Fernando Torres regain his goal-scoring form with a move back to Atletico Madrid?
[Image via London Evening Standard]