Fernando Torres has told reporters that he will not play for Atletico Madrid beyond this season.
Torres joined his boyhood club at the tender age of 10, spending six years with their youth system before being given the chance in the first team at the age of 16.
An impressive six years at the forefront of Atleti’s attack – saw him gain a move to Premier League side Liverpool, where he scored an impressive 65 goals in 102 league goals.
His form for the Anfield club enforced a £50m move to rivals Chelsea, where he enjoyed further success. Torres would then leave for a loan spell to AC Milan, before a permanent move back to Atleti came about in 2015.
The Spanish striker who also won the World Cup with Spain during his career – will now move on at the end of the season – prompting speculation that he could be set for a move to China or the MLS, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just moved from Manchester United.
“When I joined Atletico I was 10 years old and it’s my house. I was lucky to debut, to play, to score goals… it’s always been my home. I can have many houses, but only one home,” he said at a promotional event for LG.
“I’ve been part of an Atletico side that is always able to fight for titles and it’ll always be my home. It has been for my whole life.
“This is my last season at the club – it was not an easy decision, but under the circumstances it’s maybe for the best.”
Calls for retirement have remained behind Torres’ ambition to play on, and the striker has confirmed that he is ready for a new challenge.
“I want to continue playing somewhere else. I feel good.”
Torres’ Atleti hold a 2-0 aggregate advantage over Sporting CP in the Europa League quarter finals and sit second in La Liga, 11 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.