Dreams coming true is something that Atlético Madrid fans have been able to get used to over the past couple of years.
A La Liga crown, a Copa del Rey final win at the home of and against our deadliest rivals, and a continued drive to disrupt the duopoly at the top of the Spanish league.
Just over 12 months ago, los rojiblancos were lucky enough to witness the return of a club legend and icon, as Fernando Torres returned to the Vicente Calderón after seven-and-a-half years away.
Tears were cried, shirts were bought, and 40,000 of the Atlético faithful packed the Calderón to greet an old friend. It was a day we will never forget.
El Niño signed an 18 month loan deal to join from AC Milan, with Alessio Cerci moving in the other direction.
Now the discussion on whether or not Fernando Torres should be granted an extension to this deal dominates discussion on social media, and with the introduction of a transfer ban (subject to an appeal), the question moves further into the spotlight.
The 31-year-old enjoyed a bright start to his return to Atlético, and has gone on to score eight goals so far in his second spell. However the striker has struggled since and has been stuck on 99 career goals for Atlético since September.
With new strikers signed in the summer, there has been growing speculation that this season could be Torres’ last at the Vicente Calderón.
If the club plans to let El Niño ride off into the sunset to somewhere like the MLS, they need to act quickly to secure a replacement.
It’s likely that the club won’t be able to bring in any players until at least the summer of 2017, and despite a wealth of striking options, only Antoine Griezmann can seem to find the back of the net at the moment.
Jackson Martínez has been a huge disappointment so far, and has only managed 3 goals in his 1,000 minutes on the field for Atleti so far this season.
Ángel Correa and Luciano Vietto are the other two forwards available to partner Griezmann up front, and while both look extremely promising, neither has been entirely convincing in the game time they have had so far.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Borja Bastón finally living up to his potential with ten goals this season so far for Eibar. That’s the same number as a certain Lionel Messi. Borja is a ready made replacement should the club decide to let Torres’ contract expire.
In our Twitter poll, as of 8pm on the 18th January, 67% of fans wanted Torres to stay at Atlético.
Lots of debate going on – do you want Fernando Torres to stay at Atleti beyond the current season? #TorresRojiblanco
— AtléticoFans (@AtleticoFans) January 16, 2016
If Atlético do let him walk, I hope to Torres that the legend manages to get his 100th career goal in red and white first.
#TorresRojiblanco was trending on Twitter on Friday, with fans calling for the renewal of El Niño loud and clear. But will the club listen?