Madrid - Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres completed his
return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid after his new owners AC Milan
agreed a loan deal with the Spanish champions on Monday.
agreed a permanent transfer with the San Siro club from Chelsea on
December 27 but was swiftly loaned back to the club where he built his
reputation on a deal set to run until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Madrid giants, who lost last year's Champions League final against arch-rivals Real Madrid, confirmed the 30-year-old's return to the Vicente
Calderon on their website.
"Fernando Torres returns to Atletico
Madrid after an agreement reached by our club with Milan for the
international striker to play on loan for the remainder of the season
and one more," read an official club statement.
"The player will
have a medical on January 5. He returns home, where he trained as a
player and became one of our biggest stars."
Torres shot to
stardom at his childhood club when he was made captain at just 17 in
2001 and went on to score 91 goals in 244 appearances for Atletico.
was not a Liverpool fan or a Chelsea fan in Madrid," he once said. "I
was an Atletico fan. I still am. Maybe they're the only badge I will
After his rise in Madrid, he was then snapped up by Premier
League club Liverpool where he spent four successful seasons before a
high profile 50 million pounds transfer to
Chelsea where he struggled badly to reach his previous heights.
scored some memorable goals for the Stamford Bridge outfit, notably in
the 2012 Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona and the 2013
Europa League final when the Blues edged Benfica 2-1 in the final
He also won the FA Cup as well as the Champions League
but came in for constant scrutiny over his scoring rate of 45 total
goals, 20 in the Premier League, in 172 matches.
international, who also won the 2010 World Cup and 2008 and 2012
European championships, also found his place in the national team called
He has scored just one goal for AC Milan this season.