Torres Agrees Atletico Return on Loan

Fernando Torres confirms an agreement has been reached for him to return to Atletico Madrid from AC Milan on a one-and-a-half-year loan deal.

Torres left the reigning La Liga champions to join English side Liverpool FC in 2007 after scoring 84 goals in 214 appearances in all competitions.

He joined Chelsea three years later for a then record British transfer fee of £50m and scored just 20 goals in 110 league appearances.

It was confirmed by both Milan and Chelsea on Saturday that the Spaniard has sealed a permanent deal with the Italian Serie A sidefollowing an initial two-year loan deal at the San Siro, but will now move over to his boyhood club after Atletico allowed Italy winger Alessio Cerci, 27, to move the other way round.

Thibault Courtois Saves the Ball Off a Fernando Torres Challenge During a Champions League Semi-Final Clash Between Atletico and Chelsea Last Season. Image: AFP/Getty.
Thibault Courtois Saves the Ball Off a Fernando Torres Challenge During a Champions League Semi-Final Clash Between Atletico and Chelsea Last Season. Image: AFP/Getty.

Torres, 30, tweeted: “At last back home. Thanks to all that have made this dream come true. Forza @Atleti #TorresHaVuelto.”

He helped the London club win the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup during his three-and-a-half-year spell, scoring vital goals in the Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp and the goal that clinched the Europa League trophy against Benfica a year later.

A Chelsea statement said: “Chelsea Football Club thanks Fernando for his service during the past four seasons and wishes him the very best for the future.

He was in the Spain squad that won a second successive European Championship in 2012, securing the Golden Boot in the process.

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