Fernando Torres has been handed a new one-year contract extension by his boyhood club Atletico Madrid, according to a statement by the club.
Torres would have been a free agent in the summer with his contract expiring, but reports in Spain had suggested the he would sign a new deal after rejoining Atletico from Chelsea in 2014 in the wake of an unsuccessful loan spell with AC Milan.
The former Chelsea man in an interview on Atletico’s official website said:
“It’s great news for all Atleticos, among whom i include myself. I am very happy to be part of and belong to Atleti again and to continue at home.
“It’s the only place where I ever wanted to be, and it has finally come true.” Torres said on the club’s official website.
Atletico Sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero added: “It is great news for us because Fernando belongs here and all Atletico fans are happy that he will continue with us.
“He knows our club perfectly and is a point of reference for all of his teammates. The players who have come up from our academy have a mirror in which to look and he always has great advice for them. He is a player with great experience, used to winning titles and competing at the top level.”
Torres scored 11 league goals in 30 appearances and helped his team reach the final of the Champions League, where they lost on penalties to Real Madrid.
Antoine Griezmann also signed a new deal in June, which tied him to Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2021 and he and Torres will renew their strike partnership next season.