Torres open to Atletico Madrid return

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has admitted that he is open to a return to boy-hood club Atletico Madrid and work under manager Diego Simeone again, according to The Telegraph.

Torres turned 30 this week and could be making an exit from the club despite having two years left on his current Blues contract.

With Chelsea eyeing up Atletico striker Diego Costa, a striker swap could be included in part of a deal that sees Torres return to Spain.

“In football you never know. You can’t be sure where you’re going to be tomorrow or in a week or in 10 years,” said Torres.

“I have a lot of admiration for Cholo (Diego Simeone) from when we were team-mates. He helped me a lot and taught me to be captain. He taught me many things in our seasons together at Atleti.

“I always want to work alongside people I admire. I admired from the outside Rafael Benitez and had the opportunity to work with him. It was the same with Jose Mourinho and Luis Aragones.”

Whilst the former Liverpool has faced a lot of criticism since his big money move to London, he still considers his time with the Blues as a success.

“If a club pays £50m for you, certain things are expected and, if things go badly, the criticism is much heavier and the reactions are much more extreme,” added Torres. “If things go well, that’s seen as normal, because you’re expected to score. The Chelsea fans understand that completely.

“In two-and-a-half seasons, I’ve won a Champions League, an FA Cup and a Europa League, and I still have years remaining at Chelsea in which to keep on winning more trophies.”

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