Fernando Torres is a Part of Atletico Madrid “Family”, Says Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has sparked speculation that he could make a move for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Fernando Torres in the summer, insisting that the Spain international “will always be one with Atletico”.

Torres, now 30, started his professional footballing career with none other that Atletico Madrid, having made a total 243 appearances for them in a spell that spanned seven years, scoring an outstanding 91 goals along the way.

And while Torres brought with him his prolific form when he moved to Liverpool in 2007, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances overall, the Spanish goal-poacher did not have the same fate upon his big-money arrival to Chelsea.

Nevertheless, Simeone, who had the chance to team up with Torres during the manager’s playing stint with Atletico from 2003 to 2005, has maintained that Torres will always be welcome at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

“Fernando is a kid who this club loves. Torres loves this club and the people here; he has good memories of his time here,” Simeone said in his Champions League press conference yesterday.

“Before the match, in the warm-up and at the end I think Torres will receive the ovation that he deserves. He will always be one of us at Atlético,” the Rojiblancos boss added.

Mourinho, for his part, has been critical of his strikers, including Torres, in recent weeks, further fueling the speculation that the former Atletico Madrid striker may make a sensational return to Spain’s capital city.

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