Chelsea striker Fernando Torres would be welcomed back says Atletico star

Fernando Torres

Atletico Madrid star Raul Garcia believes Fernando Torres would be welcomed back with open arms should he move from Chelsea this summer.

Fernando Torres has endured largely frustrating fortunes since he became the most expensive signing in British football history when he swapped Liverpool for Chelsea for £50million in January 2011.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho made no secret of his continued exasperation with the efforts of Torres and teammates Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba last term, and the Stamford Bridge side have added Diego Costa to their ranks from Los Rojiblancos, while Didier Drogba could be set for a return.

The La Liga champions have been linked with a move for their former captain, and Garcia, who joined Atleti in 2007 - the same year Torres made his move to Anfield - feels that the Spain international would be an ideal capture for Diego Simeone.

He told reporters: “I speak to [Torres] a lot and he still feels very strongly about this club. His life has been defined by what he experienced here and he is another option just like any other that the media have mentioned.

"Any great player that can come here will be welcome."

Should Torres leave Chelsea, he will depart with a significantly swelled medal cabinet following triumphs in the 2012 FA Cup and Champions League as well as the 2013 Europa League.

However, the reality is Torres' career has stalled since he made the big-money move to Stamford Bridge, and the 30-year-old has never come close to replicating his blistering form for Liverpool at Chelsea.

The Spaniard made 28 appearances last season and scored just five goals, and he has managed a paltry 19 Premier League strikes since joining the Blues three-and-a-half years ago.

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