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Rennes reject chance to sign Fernando Torres

Rennes have rejected the chance to sign Fernando Torres, who has deemed surplus to requirements at Atletico Madrid.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea man has been struggling to gain regular playing time under Diego Simeone this season, despite scoring at the weekend.

Torres, who will see his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano come to an end in June 2018, is said to have told his representatives to approach other clubs over a summer move.

Ligue 1 side Rennes are one of those clubs said to be contacted and L’Equipe have reported that they have rejected a deal due to the wage demands of the 33-year-old Spanish striker.

After developing through the ranks at Atleti, Torres was sold to Liverpool in 2007, where he would enjoy a fruitful spell, leading to his £50m move to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

A two-year stint in Italy followed with AC Milan, before a loan deal back to Atleti turned permanent in 2016, where he has increased his goal tally to 124 goals in 385 appearances.

His chances of retaining a new deal at the club largely depend on the future plans of Simeone, who hauled in former striker Diego Costa from Chelsea last summer.

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The Brazilian, plus Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro – are all preferred to Torres in attack.

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