Not a surprise but Atlético Madrid have announced that Fernando Torres has signed a new one-year deal to stay at the Vicente Calderón.
Torres, an Atleti youth product, returned for a second stint at the club 18 months ago in a loan switch from Serie A side AC Milan.
The 32-year-old’s fine run-in last season where he scored 10 goals in the final 20 games had a lot to do with Diego Simeone agreeing to bring the striker back for another season.
Torres, who initially spent six years in the Atlético first-team before moving to Liverpool and then Chelsea, also netted his 100th career goal for Atlético during the 2015/16 campaign.
Reacting to the news, Torres explained:
“I’m delighted to continue at home, the only place where I ever wanted to be, and it has finally come true.”
He went on: “I’ve never had doubts about where I wanted to be during all this process in which we didn’t know what was going to happen.
“In the end, what matters is that I have achieved what I was waiting for.”
Sporting director José Luis Pérez Caminero said:
“[It’s] great news for everyone, since Fernando is part of the family and all the Atléticos are delighted with the fact that he can continue with us.
“He knows the club perfectly and is a benchmark for all of his team-mates. The players trained in our Academy have a model to follow and he always has good advice to give to them.
“He is a man with a tremendous experience, used to winning titles and competing at the highest level.”