Rumour had it that Spanish Striker Fernando Torres would make a move to his boyhood club Atletico de Madrid in January. As such, a confusing, albeit progressive movement has been confirmed officially by Chelsea Football Club.
The statement says that El Nino, who has only one Seria A goal to his name since moving to San Siro, will make his loan move to Milan permanent on the 5th of January, 2015.
Fernando Torres will always remain a bittersweet memory to Chelsea fans. Since moving in 2011 under the aegis of Carlo Ancelotti with a fifty million pound price tag, Torres never found his form of old. He remained a shadow of himself throughout his Stamford Bridge days. It took all of 903 minutes for him to get on the scoresheet for Chelsea. He scored 20 Premier League goals for Chelsea until his move to Milan in Summer transfer window in 2014.
The supporters will most fondly remember him for his goal against Barcelona in the Semi-final of the Champions League campaign of 2012. He won two European trophies with Chelsea, lifting the Champions League in 2012, the Europa League in 2013 and the FA Cup. It was his goal that won Chelsea the Europa League.
His best season for Chelsea was the Europa winning campaign of 2012-13, when he managed 22 goals across all competitions, including 8 goals in the League. and 3 in the Champions League. The following season, on Mourinho’s return, he made 28 league appearances and scored 5 goals. He had 11 goals in all competitions. 4 of those were in the Champions League. With the Arrival of new Spanish Talisman Diego Costa and the return of Didier Drogba, his Blues career was at a dead end, he was third Choice in the line-up. So in came the Rossoneri and out went Torres.
Whether his proposed move to Atletico culminates into reality or not, Torres has one last lap left in him, he will be keen to take it with Pride and perfection.
The story of Fernando Torres deserved a different ending than it has but given the circumstances, it is probably best for everyone involved to move on. Who knows, Atletico Madrid may yet give him his glory days back. Beyond anything, he deserves for working tirelessly everyday for the club. The goals may not have been there but the desire always was.
As a Chelsea fan, I wish to see him redeem himself before retirement. But then again, he is Spain’s most deadly striker from their most successful era of all time. Real world situations can not always be fairy-tales and perhaps he needs to redeem nothing. He is the two time Euro winner, World Champion, Euro Golden Boot winner and what not. He is El Nino and I still admire him.
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