Atlético offers new deals to Torres and Tiago

Contract proposals put before two players free to leave in the summer

Atlético icon Torres given the chance to stay at the club he loves

Atlético icon Torres given the chance to stay at the club he loves

After months of speculation, it seems that Atlético Madrid have finally got all of their ducks in a row and offered new contracts to what would have been two of this summer’s biggest free agents; Tiago and Fernando Torres.

Both free to sign with another club in the summer, Cadena Ser is reporting that Atlético have made the decision to renew Tiago’s contract for another season, despite the midfielder missing half of this year’s campaign after a injury.

The Portugese midfielder has only just become available for selection again to Atleti, but looks to feature against in Atlético’s midfield next season.

Perhaps more sensationally, the club have decided to offer Fernando Torres a new contract, after the Atleti icon managed to play himself back into Diego Simeone’s plans in the second half of the season.

Officially an AC Milan player on loan at Atleti, his contract with Milan expires at the end of the season, and Atlético have reportedly decided to offer El Niño a two-year deal, with the option of a third, to stay in Madrid with his boyhood club.

This could mean that Fernando Torres is still wearing the red and white of Atlético at 35 years of age. A prospect that will put a spring in the step of Atléticos all over the world.

The transfer window officially opens on July 1st, so Atlético will be hoping that there are no developments in the appeal of their transfer ban, if they want to keep hold of their number nine.


  • Mitch

    Must be my birthday today, lol!

    Torres must always be with Atlético and Tiago is a very smart and skillful player. If we want to be the number one, we must think big and have many big players!

  • The Prince 107

    Tiago my hero and a legend so happy he is getting a new contract

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Well if that transfer ban comes into play, then Fernando will not be signed. Since we already own Tiago, we can update his contract anytime. Lets hope Torres can score in the Final!

  • Mark

    Isn’t it a registration ban? He’s already registered, so we’d be fine.

  • Alfred Rodriguez

    I think Atletico and Real are going to do what Barcelona did and appeal their ban, which they will most likely lose, but they will gain an extra transfer window to sign and acquire players.

  • He deserved it! Hopefully we can get the next transfer window before the ban starts.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    So what’s gonna happen to cerci then? Wasn’t he loaned to Milan in trade for Torres?

  • Zinni DUDU

    What do you think? Will Torres get a final call up for spain next week? Should have deserved this. He is the most inform spanish striker in the year 2016.

  • We’ve already appealed the ban, we just haven’t heard anything back yet!

    http://www.atleticofans.com/26234/fifa-suspends-atleticos-transfer-ban/

  • Koke

    I’m really happy to hear this; I admire and respect both of these players so much. But surely this means we have to loan out Kranevitter? I think some people have forgotten that he’s even a member of our squad; that’s how little he’s been playing. With Tiago back it’s only gonna be worse. Forget about Saul and Koke, who imo should be playing deeper, think about Gabi, Tiago, and Augusto who all play very very similarly to Kranevitter but with much more experience. What does Kranevitter have to offer to our squad at this point? And what minutes do we have to offer to Kranevitter? He should be loaned out to a good club in Europe and get some experience here. I’m sure many clubs are dying to have a talented defensive mid in their ranks.

    If we succeed in keeping Torres and Tiago, I think our squad is very nearly complete for next season already. All we would really need is a backup left back and maybe a new striker. Call me spoiled but I think it’s time we buy someone world class. Aubameyang or Icardi would be a dream, or someone on that level. I’d also like to see us call back Baston.

    Then I think we’d be set. The only other thing we might need would be an attacking midfielder (but only if we let Oliver leave, which we really shouldn’t) and maybe a tricky winger on the opposite side of Carrasco (but he’d probably have a hard time getting minutes against all our attackers.) Vietto should probably be loaned out, unless he’s content with how much he’s been playing.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I don’t see a place for Thomas either if Tiago stayed .
    Thomas is a central midfielder, to me at least, just like the other 6, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Saul, Augusto & Kranevitter . And that’s a lot for one team .

    It annoys me that many people consider Thomas an attacking midfielder just because he scored two goals and made an assist and some dribbles, like the CM shouldn’t be able to do that and he should all make tackles and steal balls !!
    They compare Thomas to Yaya Toure, but Yaya played in Busquets’ position when he was at Barca, and at Man City he played many games in the center with one of Fernando & Fernandinho .
    Fabregas who scores a lot of goals and make many assists play most of the games with Chelsea in the center alongside one of Matić & Obi Mikel .
    If Simeone just doesn’t have the courage to put someone like Thomas who have some attacking abilities in the center then let him leave, on loan at least, we already have two central midfielders who are playing upfront, Koke and Saul, they are doing fine, but I can’t see Koke scoring 10 goals per season, and I can’t see Saul scoring more than 10 or making more than 5 assists .
    (Then Simeone blames Jackson, Torres & Vietto for that)

    I don’t think Simeone can reinvent football . He has been doing some really weird shit, but the results and the good luck have been masking most of it .

  • Max Huber

    I don´t think so – he himself told, that he even doesn´t want a call!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    You are not spoiled, next season our 40 million from TV rights will be 100 million with the new collective selling deal .
    Our prize money for this UCL will be 47.5 million if we lost the final, and 52.5 million if we won the title . While the market pool will be at least the same as last season, 23 million, which means that we will get in total between 70 and 75 million from UCL, compared to the 43 million of last season .
    We have the right to dream big. we have the right to dream about Aubameyang, Reus, Gotze, Cavani … ( I don’t like the latter) . But I don’t think Icardi is a big dream, and not just because of his troublesome personality, but I don’t think he is in the top ten strikers in Europe .

    If we signed a world-class striker -and we probably will- and things worked well for him, and if Torres kept his current form, I don’t think Simeone will give Borja any real chance in La Liga or in UCL, he will only play the cup, so let’s loan him again, to a big club this time, one that plays in Europe, Villarreal will be a great option .
    Let’s never forget that this is Borja’s very first season in a top division league .

    Spanish media have been reporting for a while that we will sign a winger or an AM, but I still believe we should keep Oliver .
    Carrasco, Oliver and the new signing will be our only 3 AMs/wingers, since Correa is more of a striker or second striker, and as I said million times : Koke, Saul & Thomas are not AMs .

  • aileen

    Happy to hear that, I hope they won`t wait too long with it.And it would be a good thing to notice for our coaching staff that any `big name` for `big money` automatically preferred in the eleven couldn`t make a good influence on Torres` form. It`s quite a different thing to work hard and be motivated and ready than to be sure you are a second/third option no matter what you do and how much you try to do your best

  • Kris

    i hope not even with his current form. he does one bad thing and he’ll get reprimanded and mocked by the media like crazy. He doesn’t deserve that, he deserves Atleti.

  • Kris

    Griezmann wasn’t a great striker when he came to Atleti. Icardi has already been scoring goals and I don’t see why he wouldn’t do better at Atleti, even though we will probably give him zero service with 4 cms, but we still have Griezmann. He’s not the biggest guy at 5’11, but Simeone, Burgos, and El Profe can turn him into one tough guy.

  • aileen

    I think he won` t be called anymore because of some strange way of thinking developed by national coaching staff- I mean a strong will to rejuvenate the squad no matter what will happen in result( we could observe it during qualifications )
    And sincerely better he would not be called because another summer with preparations is coming and moreover what for ? To spend matches on the bench with Koke /Saul and play for 15 minutes in a one or two matches?
    Spanish coaching staff can`t understand they have a ready line up with Koke, Torres, maybe Mata and with another good winger (not Pedro ), as they simply prefer to look for something – in fact only they know why they look and what for exactly.
    And Torres is really a `saint` person not to refuse in an open way after having won three main titles for Spain, scoring in consecutive finals and two years of being ignored.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    All right then, I don’t want him only because of his bad behavior .

  • Koke

    That’s true, it’s time our mentality grows as fast as our club’s place in Europe has grown. Atleti are definitely one of Europe’s top 5 clubs now (if not better), we’ve known that for a while now but the rest of the world is starting to catch on. This season we beat each of the supposed “top 3” (Barca, Madrid, Bayern), and over 38 games we came so close to finishing level on points with Barca and ahead of Madrid, and we might yet still win the Champion’s League. There is absolutely no reason why we should start behaving like little boys in the transfer market. Obviously, that doesn’t mean we should go crazy and make Galactico signings, because that’s not why I love this club. All I want is for us to do just enough to cement our place and then improve on it. We need a world class striker (Torres and Correa to compete with him), a left back, and as you said, a creative attacking player, whether it’s a winger or a midfielder. Personally I’m a big fan of Mahrez, he reminds me of a better version of Arda Turan, but I’m not sure we’ll be able to snag him. I also do like a number of BVB’s players. There’s a chance that some mid- to bottom- table EPL clubs will outspend us this summer, which is insane, and not that I mind, I just pray Atleti will do good business in the market and then back out.

  • Alfred Rodriguez

    Does Atleti want Tiago to provide depth or actually start with Gabi? I love Tiago, but am I the only one nervous of having a 33 and 35 year old central midfield next season? Are we holding on to these two players perhaps too long?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Before his injury, Tiago was our best player, and after his injury Gabi was our best player (Grizi out of comparison) .
    I just read in a column in AS that until his injury it was Tiago and ten more . And I totally agree with that .
    The 33-year-old Gabi is the player who covered more distance in UCL this season, more than too many much younger players .
    If a player is performing very well, what difference does his age make ?!
    I don’t think there is a single PSG who was complaining about the 34-year-old Ibrahimovic ! I think all of them wanted him to stay for two or three more seasons .

    That being I said, I think Gabi and Tiago should be rotated more often with the other CMs we have, but that’s not a Gabi-Tiago problem, it’s a Simeone problem, and I don’t think it will be fixed soon .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    To be honest, and I know some people will say that I hold something against Simeone, but I really don’t trust him to spend those extra 90 million wisely .
    Signing players is one of Simeone’s biggest weaknesses in my opinion .

  • AndersAT

    Well if they perform at the level they are right now (start of the season for Tiago) I don’t see the problem. I just hope for a healthy competition where the best players gets picked and we rotate a bit more.

  • atleti10

    Great news, Torres is exactly the sort of striker we need to partner Griez, he’s perfectly rounded. It’s a pity he’s not the Torres of 10 years ago but he’s looking better and better. I’d be more than happy to see him lead the line next year.

    I’d rather we didn’t buy another striker, Correa and Vietto have bags of potential so let’s see them develop it. Torres and Griez are perfect role models.

    I think we need a versatile left/right back, Jonny from Celta would be a good shout.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Plus we have Borja Baston that can come back in and play for us. Maybe loan Vietto for a year and see how Borja does.

  • AndersAT

    By the way, didn’t’ we buy some Mexican named Bora or something at some point? Does anybody know anything about him?

  • Kris

    Well I don’t know about Bora, but I do know that we bought the Colombian forward Rafael Santos Borre, on loan to Deportivo Cali. We also have reported signed an agreement with Pacos de Ferreira attacking midfielder, Diogo Jota who will join us in the sumer.

  • AndersAT

    Wow i got that wrong. Are they any good?

  • atleti10

    I think Jota could play a part as Carrasco’s the only winger in the squad. How good he is though I don’t know. Santos Borre is one for the future, we’ve also signed a 16 year old Uruguayan striker but I don’t think he arrives until he hits 18, hopefully he follows the footsteps of Giminez.

    I really like how we’ve set up scouts across South America. It’s where the value is and the only place prices aren’t wildly inflated.

  • The Prince 107

    I think they are there to guide the younger players it’s good for the squad