Ex-Liverpool forward Fernando Torres’ wish to remain at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid has not been fulfilled, as manager Diego Simeone has told him that he does not feature in the club’s long term plans.
The stint at his boyhood club has come to an end for El Nino, as it looks like Atletico Madrid have opted not to turn his 18-month loan deal from AC Milan into a permanent transfer, according to Spanish publication AS.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone had remained tight lipped about the players future, but he confirmed that a decision has been made on the forward’s future before Atletico’s match against Celta Vigo.
“The other day I said there was nothing to say because there wasn’t. We’ve talked to Fernando and he knows what I think and he’s told me what he feels. The talk remains private. We’ve talked, which is the main thing”, he said.
El Nino has other options
Torres has scored two goals in all competitions for Madrid and at 31 years old, cannot boast of the fitness and goal scoring hunger that set him apart during his prime years at Liverpool. Although he had put all other offers on hold, as his real desire was to play for his boyhood club Atletico, where he signed as a 15-year-old and spent 7 years at the club.
Torres will now probably take the route out of Europe that has now become commonplace for aging players of a certain stature. His agent had recently claimed that 8 clubs were after his signature and one deal could make him the best paid player in the world. It is unlikely that these offers are from top European clubs, so a move to China or America beckons for El Nino.