Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they are going to sign Fernando Torres on loan in order to bring back their former captain to the Vicente Calderon. Torres was on a 2 year loan to AC Milan from Chelsea but the transfer was made permanent earlier. However the Spaniard will not play in Italy and will move to Atletico Madrid on a one and half year loan deal.
Torres joined AC Milan on a 2 year loan deal at the start of the current season but it has now been announced that the transfer will be made permanent in January 2015.
“The striker moved to the San Siro on a two-year loan deal in August and on January 5 he will complete a permanent transfer to the Serie A side.”
However in a peculiar turn of events, AC Milan, despite signing the Spaniard on a permanent deal, are not keen to utilize his services and are going to loan him off to his childhood club Atletico Madrid.
— Fernando Torres (@Torres) December 29, 2014
Fernando Torres started his career at Atletico Madrid and went on to lead the club and make a total of 244 appearances where he scored 91 goals. He then went on to join Liverpool and made a total of 142 appearances for Liverpool where he scored 81 goals. Torres eventually made a record-breaking transfer move from Liverpool to Chelsea but failed to live up to his potential and was shipped off to AC Milan following a disappointing season under Jose Mourinho. However his spell in Italy hasn’t been productive and both the club and the player have decided to part ways following his 6 month spell at AC Milan.
However Torres now returns to his boy-hood club Atletico Madrid where Diego Simeone will expect to rejuvenate the Spanish striker.
“Fernando Torres returns to Atletico after the agreement reached by our club with Milan and he will play on loan for the remainder of the season and one more campaign. He returns home, where he trained as a player and became one of our biggest stars”, announced Atletico Madrid on the club website.
This peculiar transfer has ensured that Fernando Torres is not going to return to Chelsea where he won the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup. Chelsea officially thanked the Spaniard for his services and wished him the best for his future.
“Torres, 30, spent three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, in which time he helped Chelsea lift the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup.”
“In the busy 2012/13 season his 22 goals were spread over seven competitions, a club record.”
“Chelsea Football Club thanks Fernando for his service during the past four seasons and wishes him the very best for the future.”
According to reports, Atletico Madrid will let Alessio Cerci join AC Milan on loan as a swap deal for Fernando Torres.
It now remains to be seen if a move back home can rejuvenate Fernando Torres with the same energy and vigour that catapulted him into success.