Atletico Madrid is the Only Club Torres will Join

Fernando Torres

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has hinted the club would be interested in bringing Fernando Torres home.

You won’t find too many fans who will argue against Fernando Torres leaving Chelsea this summer, but his poor form at the club has created several ridiculous rumours that he might move to a developing or more obscure league.

There are plenty of possible destinations such as Russia or China, but the idea of Torres at Anzhi has already fallen through, which leaves open the suggestion of who the player wants to join and who will actually take a gamble on him.

His former club Atletico Madrid seems like a very possible destination because they could well need a forward if Adrian Lopez and Falcao move on this summer, and it appeals to Torres because he literally gets to go home.

“Fernando knows about the club's history, what it means to play here and I don't need to speak about his ability. We were team-mates. I know how important he can be. It's complicated. I wouldn't like to say yes or no,” said Simeone as per Sky Sports.

The problem Torres faces is that his options in terms of joining another top European team are fairly limited.

His spell with Chelsea has done his reputation some damage, which has almost ruled out the chance that he can move on to another top European team during the remainder of his career.

He’s certainly unlikely to get a move inside England that he would enjoy or agree to because none of the top sides, challenging for silverware regularly, will fork out on him over other top profile choices.

The same goes for teams in France, Italy, Germany and Spain, other than Atletico Madrid, who have been having their best season in living memory.

Even if he does go back to Atletico, he’s unlikely to enjoy the squad status that first saw him move to England with Liverpool. He cannot replace the quality and consistency which has been produced by Falcao and Lopez, so at best he’d just be another squad player at the Spanish club.

Torres is not a bad striker, he’s just been badly affected by an injury at Liverpool, which took away his biggest asset which was his pace. Chelsea will move him on because they need to go up another level to get back in with a chance of winning the Premier League title and the Champions League again.

If Torres gets the chance to go back to Atletico, he should absolutely grasp it with both hands and never look back.

Do you think he’ll go back to Spain?

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