New Delhi: AC Milan forward Fernando Torres has finally moved to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid on-loan, after seven and a half years of plying his trade in Europe's other elite clubs.
This loan deal offers a hope for Fernando Torres to revive his career. The 30-year-old striker who signed for AC Milan on a permanent deal from Chelsea on Saturday, will move to Spanish champions Atletico.
According to reports in Spain, the deal is subject to Torres passing a medical and will be finalised on January 5 when the Italian transfer window opens.
The Spaniard expressed his delight on social micro-blogging site, Twitter.
— Fernando Torres (@Torres) December 29, 2014
Torres had moved to Milan on a two-year loan deal in beginning of this season in hope to resurrect his spluttering career. But just a solitary goal in 10 appearances for the Italian giants tell a story familiar with his days at Chelsea. Milan who sold controversial striker Mario Balotelli to Liverpool in the summer, had hoped Torres would be an ideal fit for the club but the move backfired.
Milan must be hoping that Torres will benefit a great deal from Atletico manager Diego Simeone. The Argentinian has been a revolution for Atletico in terms of success. Simeone is also known in getting his working class heroes work like wolves week after week, and has seen him being touted as one of the world's top class manager.
Torres needs to make the most out of the loan deal at Atletico where Simeone might just be the right person in getting the out of sorts striker back to form and scoring goals. Torres will have to play second fiddle to Mario Mandzukic but he should be assured that Simeone will give him enough game time.
The most interesting factor is that the Spaniard who captained Atletico at a very young age played alongside Simeone during that time. But now he will be trying to impress Simeone who will be managing him instead.
Once considered as one of the best complete striker in the world, during his time at Atletico and Liverpool, Torres had become a shadow of his genius-self at Chelsea. His troubled stay with the Blues, marked one of the biggest transfer flops in recent times.
Torres recently stated that he saw the move to Chelsea from Liverpool worthwhile as he won trophies at the club. But the interesting fact is he just managed to score 45 goals in 172 appearances.
Torres needed a move to a big club where he could play as the star-man once again. But what seemed as a good move once, didn't work out for both him and Milan.
His stay at Madrid will be crucial and when he makes a move back to Milan at end of 2015/16, he will hope to fulfill the Italian side's hope who signed him permanently from the Blues on Saturday.