Torres on reports of poor Simeone relationshipDecember 20, 2017
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has spoken about reports claiming he and boss Diego Simeone have a strained relationship.
The former Chelsea goalscorer has played just one full 90 minute game this for Los Rojiblancos and reports have claimed that he has spoken with Simeone regarding his playing time.
An all-important goal from the substitutes bench last weekend against Alaves saw Atleti move ahead of Valencia into second place and behind league leaders Barcelona.
Torres, who has just one goal and one assist this season has said he will not be involved in a war of words with the Argentine tactician.
“I will never allow a Simeone-Torres division, I will not be involved in any type of destabilisation and more when my name is in the middle of it,” he is quoted as saying in Marca.
The Spaniard was then drawn on the future of strike partner Antoine Griezmann, who has been linked heavily with a move to Barcelona.
The Catalan club are said to have made the Frenchman their number one target, but comments made by sporting director Guillermo Amor have seen Torres’ club report their La Liga rivals to FIFA over unauthorised contact.
“These are decisions made by the club and will be for the good of Atletico; It is not a secret that it always happens, but I am not saying that is the case.”
Finally, the former Liverpool man discussed his future amidst rumours he could make a summer move next year to Major League Soccer.
“I want to stay here forever, I have a half year on my contract, and it does not depend on me.”
Atleti’s win over Alaves last weekend ensures they remain the only other unbeaten side with Barcelona and they face Espanyol heading into the winter break on Friday evening.
Barca, who lead the league standings – face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the domestic season.