(WFI) Fernando Torres is looking for a new football adventure far away from Spain after Atletico de Madrid’s eternal prodigal son announced this Monday he will leave his club at the end of the season.
“There is never a good moment to say goodbye,” Torres said at a press conference. “I’m not having a very prominent role with the club recently. Perhaps it is time to make way for others. I see myself with the ability to continue playing, but here this is not happening. I think this was key when I made the decision.”
The striker is looking for a change based on the diminishing roles and little chances he now faces under coach Diego Simeone.
Torres’ departure seemed inevitable after Simeone said at the beginning of the year that he would not go out of his way to try to keep the player after his contract expired at the end of this season.
Torres dismissed the possibility of a rift between him and Simeone.
“There’s not a problem between me and the coach,” Torres said. “This decision is exclusively mine.”
A few months ago, Simeone boosted Atletico’s attack this season by adding to his roster Diego Costa and Vitolo. Other
forwards in the team include Kevin Gameiro and Angel Correa, both of whom have reduced Torres’ playing time during this campaign.
The 34-year-old Torres has not given a hint about the future of his career that started at Atletico de Madrid from 2001-2007, continued in England with Liverpool first and then Chelsea where he never had a prominent role despite winning the Champions League and the Europa League with the Londoners and being still today the most expensive player in the history of the club. After his stint with the Blues, Torres spent a few months at AC Milan before moving back to Atletico de Madrid in 2015.
Torres has seven goals in 34 appearances with Atletico this season. A year ago, he scored 10 times in 45 games and had 12 goals in 44 matches two seasons ago.
Torres will leave his childhood club while he is still one of the club’s most beloved players and after he has repeatedly declared he had hoped to end his career with Atletico.
“I’m very attached to Atletico so it should happen sooner or later,” he said. “I’m still a football player, but hopefully I will have the opportunity to come back and somehow contribute to the club.”
Torres is the only footballer in the world that has played and won final matches not only in the the Champions League and the Europa League but also at the national team level in a World Cup (2010) and two European Championships (2008, 2012).
Homepage photo: Twitter/@Torres
By INSIDER Javier Monne
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