Diego Simeone admits Fernando Torres is no saviour, but hopes he can help

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres is now at Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan.

This summer Chelsea finally gave up on the services of Fernando Torres. The Spaniard cost them £50 million in a move from Liverpool but he was loaned out to Atletico Madri in the summer.

However his time at Milan is not going as well as he would have hoped either.

Torres has failed to make an impact with the Rossoneri and he has been struggling for regular first-team football for the side.

The Chelsea flop was subsequently sold to Milan on a permanent deal last week and he was swiftly loaned out to former club Atletico Madrid, with Alessio Cerci going in the opposite direction.

It is a swift demise from the former Spanish international, but one man who believes he can rediscover his form at his childhood club is Atleti manager Diego Simeone.

The charismatic Argentine has been speaking to the Spanish press today. In quotes translated by Inside Spanish Football he has made it clear that Torres has his full support and backing, but also warned him first-team football would not come easily:

“I’m happy for him because we’ve recovered someone who has a feeling of belonging here and most of all because we continue to improve, given the characteristics of Fernando can help the team...

“I only thought about the footballing aspect and never about anything else. He’ll need to make a big effort and show all the good things he can do, to compete with Raúl Jiménez, Griezmann and Mandzukic and that’s good for everyone. He hasn’t come here as a saviour. We’ll have to adapt the team to get the best of his characteristics.”

Torres will certainly hope to put his Chelsea and Milan nightmare behind him now he is back where he belongs, at his beloved Colchoneros.

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