Fernando Torres set for talks on Atlético future

It looks as if Cholo has had a change of mind over El Niño

Torres has had to settle for some bench time this season at Atlético

Torres has had to settle for some bench time this season at Atlético

In case you missed it, AS are reporting the news that almost all of us wanted to hear: Simeone has given Atlético the green light to discuss a contract offer for Fernando Torres.

El Niño’s loan from Milan is up at the end of the season, and as we talked about previously, it looked as if Simeone was decided on Torres’ departure from Madrid. Only some excellent performances would change his mind.

With some top displays under his belt since the turn of the year, Simeone has changed his tune and appreciates the 32-year-old’s attitude and work rate when in the first team.

It’s now expected that Torres’ representatives will begin negotiations with the club, and while he has other offers (it was reported earlier in the year that he had offers from all over the world, including the MLS and China), it looks as if Atlético’s favourite son will be given the opportunity to stay at his boyhood club.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing Fernando Torres lift a trophy in the red-and-white of Atlético.

Simeone, ahead of our match against Espanyol on Saturday, said “he did a great job the other night and he’ll start again tomorrow. Within the next few days the club will announce what decision they have made regarding his contract”.

However, the question remains, will we be able to register Fernando Torres as a player if the transfer ban is upheld before the summer window?

Viva Fernando Torres!

  • Kris

    This is the kind of news I like to hear when I wake up. Backing up one of our own after he made a “mistake”. This reminds me of when we extended Cholo’s contract when he was going through a bad phase. I’m glad we are discussing Torres future based on merit and not purely emotions. He has shown us in recent games that he can still score goals and work hard. I certainly didn’t want him for another season when he went through that LONG goal drought for the 100th goal. But now that he’s showing us he can score goals, I think he’ll be a great third choice striker.

    The problem with this rumour is that we do not own Fernando Torres. AC Milan do. And I have no idea when his contract with Milan expires. So, I don’t know how we would make Fernando’s transfer to Atleti permanent. Would Milan agree to swap Cerci for Torres on a permanent deal?

  • Bobban

    Torres contract ends 30 june 2016 and he will free!

  • Kris

    That’s very good then, we won’t even have to pay for him.

  • jodo

    Yes, but the complication is the possible transfer ban. Imagine if ATM wants Torres to stay and Torres wants to stay but the ban prevents it from happening. Then all will regret ATM passing up on the chance to sign Torres in the winter transfer window when it was completely possible.

  • This is the situation I can see coming true!

  • jodo

    I can see UEFA sticking it to ATM and Torres after all the talk about the officiating and bias towards Barca. Payback!