Out of favor Chelsea star Fernando Torres snubs move to Atletico Madrid
Fernando Torres has had a topsy-turvy time in London since his £50 million transfer from Liverpool in 2011. The 29-year-old Spanish international has been linked to a move to his former club Atletico Madrid since last winter.
Chelsea’s interim manager, who also happens to be Fernando Torres’ former boss at Liverpool, Rafael Benitez claims his striker is in good form as of late. Fernando Torres hasn’t scored a goal in the Premier League since December last year. The Spaniard has scored only 31 goals in 119 appearances for Chelsea.
Fernando Torres, who still has three years left on his contract with Chelsea, has vowed to see out the remainder of his deal. With Chelsea keen on making a move on Atletico Madrid’s in-form hit-man Radamel Falcao; the London outfit might consider selling off Fernando Torres in order to accumulate funds for this transfer.
In spite of such reports, Fernando Torres insists he won’t give up on his Premier League career just yet.
“I've never hidden that I am grateful because Atletico gave me many things, but the reality is I am in another team and I have three more years on my contract,” Fernando Torres told The Sun. “I have a lot of things to give to Chelsea and many things to prove to myself before returning home. Right now, returning to Atletico is not a reality.”
Atletico Madrid have shown interest in re-signing Fernando Torres, but Spanish outfit is reluctant on losing Radamel Falcao. Meanwhile, Fernando Torres is eager on reclaiming his spot in the Spanish national team. The striker was dropped from the squad by coach Vicente del Bosque for the World Cup qualifiers last month.
“I hope to be able to return to the national team,” Fernando Torres continued. “The first step is to do well at my club and that will give me more options of returning. I want to do well in order to return. We have a lot to win and many joys to give people and many tournaments to play with this generation. Of course getting back in to the national team is one of my objectives.”