Atletico president: We would welcome Chelsea striker with open arms

Fernando Torres

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says his club would welcome Fernando Torres with open arms.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been linked with a move away from the club after a rather disappointing campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Since moving to West London for a record £50 million in January 2011, Torres has failed to replicate his excellent form for Liverpool – prompting the English papers and fans into calling him a big-money flop.

Jose Mourinho’s men led to Premier League table for much of 2014, yet after two 1-0 losses in the last three games, the Blues have since slipped to second place.

The defeats at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace were largely their own doing, as a number of opportunities in front of goal went begging and it has caused Mourinho to criticise his current strikers.

Fernando Torres' goalscoring record for the Blues this season isn't good, considering the amount of money paid for him. In 23 Premier League appearances, the Spanish international has scored just four goals.

As a result of Chelsea’s inability to kill teams off, Jose Mourinho has actively been on the lookout for a new striker, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa a suspected target.

Fernando Torres started his career in the Spanish capital playing for the Rojiblancos, and rumours have circulated suggesting he could be used as makeweight in a deal for Brazilian-born Diego Costa.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has admitted that he hasn’t given a thought to Torres possibly returning to the Vicente Calderon stadium. However, should a deal be put in place, then he would welcome the Chelsea striker with open arms.

He said: “I don’t know, I haven’t even thought about it [Torres returning]”

“He is in a fantastic team, he has a long contract and we haven’t been offered anything, nor have we asked for anything.”

“He is a symbol of Atletico Madrid, and if he was to return here we would welcome him with open arms.”

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