Fernando Torres: “My future is winning with Atleti”

El Niño sets sight on a first major title with Atlético Madrid

Fernando Torres scores his 100th goal and celebrates with Manuel Brinas

Fernando Torres scores his 100th goal and celebrates with Manuel Brinas

Fernando Torres gave a lengthy interview to radio COPE in the early hours of Friday morning, where the striker discussed his future at Atlético. We all knew Torres is as much a Colchonero as you can get, but after the interview, it’s possible we were wrong.

El Niño is even more Rojiblanco than we had ever imagined.

“You’re born an Atlético fan,” Torres said. “I don’t have any memories of me not being an Atlético.”

When asked about his future almost immediately, Fernando expressed his love for the team.

“My future is winning, here with Atleti. It’s something i’ve never done before. I’m so lucky to be able to play where I want to play. I don’t know how long i’ll be here, but I want to enjoy every game.”

Fernando Torres is only on a loan-deal at Atlético from AC Milan, but with the deal set to expire in the summer, he’s free to discuss his next club now.

“Since the first of January I’ve been able to receive offers from any club, but they don’t interest me,” Torres said, further endearing himself to Atlético fans everywhere.

It’s possible that his future is winning the Champions League once again, after his triump with Chelsea in 2012, but this time with the team he loves.

“Why not live a Champions League final with Atleti?”, he asked.

Thanks to Cholo, Atleti fans have become accustomed to winning, winning and winning. But Fernando believes fans need to understand that for Atleti, winning isn’t everything.

“It concerns me that we don’t know how to tell the young ones what Atleti is. I’ve seen many young Atlético fans who don’t understand the concept of being an Atleti fan. They think it’s to win, win and win. It’s not winning always.”

When the question was put to Torres about his 100th career goal for Atleti, the Spaniard was straight to the point.

“The moment when I scored that goal, my 100th, the way the fans reacted – it really got to me. It was very emotional.”

When asked if he cried after the game, Torres tried to avoid the question, but ended up giving the game away.

“I won’t tell you!”