After just five months at AC Milan, Fernando Torres decided that he’ll be returning back to his boyhood club Atletico de Madrid after the La Liga holders dropped a hint that they would be interested in signing him.

The interest levels at Milan were definitely high when Torres joined them in the summer transfer window despite him being a shadow of the player he once was at Liverpool. However, after a disappointing start, the Spaniard was once again relegated to the bench, a factor that made him leave. Torres said, “When I decided to go to Milan it was to get minutes and I was told I would be a key player for them.

“Unfortunately, after a few months I was not part of the Coach’s plans, a decision I respected 100 per cent, and it forced me to look ahead and find another destination.

“When Atletico appeared I didn’t have any doubts. I want to thank Milan because they made it easier to find a solution and I’m going to Atletico in search of happiness.

“As a child my dream was to play for Atletico and to go back now is another dream I’ve completed.

“People know it’s my home and I’ve felt the sadness at their defeats and also the joy of their successes. I’ve jumped off the couch at them and nobody can doubt how I’ll feel when I pull on that shirt again.

“The Atletico fans always ask that you leave everything out on the pitch and I can assure them I’ll be doing that and much more,” he added.

Chelsea gave me trophies, says Torres

When Torres made his move to Chelsea for a then British record £50m, a lot was expected of him. At Chelsea, he was always going to have better teammates around him, yet there was no Steven Gerrard who was instrumental in El Nino’s form at Liverpool.




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His first goal for Chelsea came after a long 734 minutes and although he never really had the same goalscoring touch at Stamford Bridge, he said that he’ll always look back at his stint with the blues as a very successful one. He told a news conference in Dubai, “Chelsea gave me what I was looking for when I left Liverpool: trophies. I will always see [my time there] as a success because they gave me what I always wanted.”

“It gave me all the trophies I have with clubs and I was lucky enough to also win trophies with Spain. Now I hope to win them with Atletico,” he added.