Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has confirmed that he was in Madrid on Saturday, but not to hold talks with Atletico Madrid.
The Spain international was spotted at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium, and there were suggestions that he had gone to the Spanish capital to discuss a move back to his former club.
Torres has endured a largely disappointment time in his three-and-a-half years at Chelsea and struggled for goals yet again in 2013-14, as shown in his Premier League stats below.
Chelsea are keen on signing at least one world-class striker this summer, with reports rife that they will recruit Diego Costa from Atletico. This has led to suggestions that Torres will move back to his boyhood club, who he left for Liverpool in the summer of 2007.
Torres is still regarded as an icon by the Atletico fans, who hold him dear to their hearts. The Spaniard failed to lead the Madrid outfit to the Champions League, but he gave the fans hope and thrilled them with his performances at the Calderon.
It was at the same Calderon where Torres was spotted on Saturday. The 30-year-old himself has now confirmed that he was at the stadium, but to have dinner with his family.
Torres posted a picture on Instagram on Sunday with the message: ‘Thanks to my friends Julian and Olga for organising a great dinner yesterday at the Vicente Calderon Restaurant 1903 for all the family’.
Gracias a mis amigos Julian y Olga por organizar una gran cena ayer en el RESTAURANTE 1903 del Vicente… http://t.co/fJLC9F4yNC— Fernando Torres (@Torres) June 1, 2014
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that Torres has a future at the club, and the player himself is keen on continuing at Stamford Bridge. However, with at least one world-class striker set to arrive in the summer, will the Spaniard be happy to be second choice?