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El Niño calls for unity

Torres insists hisrelationship with Simeone is “the same as always" despite the technical decision not to sign him from AC Milan.
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Emilio NaranjoEFE

Fernando Torres presented LG Mobile’s new V10 device this morning during a publicity event in which he spoke about his future, his relationship with Diego Simeone as well as his yearning desire to win titles with his boyhood team.

Message for the fans: “The fans are concerned about recent results but this is the time for unity, there’s no need to focus on anything else. Things go better when the fans, the technical staff and the team are united. No one comes before Atlético Madrid, that is what matters most”.

No renewal: “There are no hard feelings. I’m 31-years-old, I’m not a child anymore. I don’t take these decisions personally”.

Does the suspended sentence change anything for Atlético?: “It doesn’t change a thing. Since returning my goal has always been to win with Atleti and that’s still the case regardless of the situation. I’m taking it one game at a time to accomplish what I set out to do”.

"I’ve never hidden my desires but it’s not up to me"

Fernando Torres

How have these last few weeks been for you?: “I’m taking things one day at a time and am delighted to be playing for the team I love. I’m sad not to be on the pitch with my team-mates obviously, but I’m taking things as they are. My only wish is to get back into the starting line-up, play and savour every game I have in this jersey”.

Conversation with Simeone: “What we talked about was personal and that’s the way I’d like to keep it. The transfer window closes tonight and there’s no offer on the table. But there’s always the summer. I’ve never hidden my desires but it’s not up to me. I know my job is to score goals and that’s what all us forwards have to do”.

"Simeone is extremely important to this club"

Fernando Torres

Relationship with Cholo: “It’s the same as always. We have a professional relationship and have admiration for each other. I’m eternally grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to come back to Atlético. He knows that I give it my all to play every match, that’s what I train for. Simeone is extremely important to this club and my admiration for him will continue to be the same”.

Hundredth goal: “There’s been a lot of talk about it but it doesn’t keep me up at night. I’ve been at this club since I was eleven and my dream was to score one goal. The 98 were just a bonus. My first, against Albacete, will always be the most important and special for me”.

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