Atletico Madrid have proudly announced that their star striker Fernando Torres has extended his contract with the club. He signed a one-year contract with Atleti as a lenghty deal is considered unnecessary.
Image: Fernando Torres shows off his Atletico Madrid jersey.
News have it that the striker had requested a two-year deal during negotiations but Los Colchoneros insisted on a yearly contract.
Torres has experienced football in the world’s best leagues and his reputation as a talented striker is never in question. However, the club’s management may have considered other options above a long-term contract.
“I’m delighted to stay at my home, it’s the only place where I’ve always wanted to be and finally it’s happened,” he told his boyhood team’s official website.
“I’m happy to be here, I never had doubts about where I wanted to be throughout this process, in which we didn’t know what was going to happen, but ultimately the most important thing is that I achieved what I’d been waiting for.”
The striker started his career with Atlético Madrid, progressing through their youth system to the first team squad.
He made his first team debut in 2001 and finished his time at the club having scored 75 goals in 174 La Liga appearances.
Torres joined Premier League club Liverpool in 2007, after signing for a club record transfer fee. He marked his first season at Anfield by being Liverpool’s first player since Robbie Fowler in the 1995–96 season to score more than 20 league goals in a season.
Image: Fernando Torres
The most prolific goalscoring spell of his career, he became the fastest player in Liverpool history to score 50 league goals. He was named in the FIFA World XI in 2008 and 2009.