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Fernando Torres: Atlético Madrid striker has decided to leave in January

The 33-year-old does not have a warm relationship with Diego Simeone, and is likely to see first-team chances reduced when Diego Costa is registered in January.
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Fernando Torres, en el banquillo.

Fernando Torres has taken the decision to leave Atlético Madrid in the January transfer window, according to El Larguero.

Torres and Simeone lacking chemistry

The Fuenlabrada-born striker is not thought to feel much warmth towards Diego Simeone, while the arrival of Diego Costa from Chelsea will further limit his playing time in 2018.

Given that Costa's arrival is ostensibly a contributary factor to Torres' decision to leave his boyhood club, there is a cruel irony to the fact that the Brazil-born striker has been using Torres' gym as he seeks to gain match fitness. 

Torres returned for a second spell at Atlético in 2015, initally on loan from AC Milan. He had a successful spell with Liverpool, before stuttering at Chelsea and subsequently moving on to Serie A. The 33-year-old has offers from the United States and China to move in January.

No goals this season for El Niño

Torres has played 332 minutes for Los Rojiblancos this season, divided across six LaLiga matches, three Champions League matches, and a Copa del Rey tie. He is yet to score this campaign, and only made the starting line-up for the league opener against Girona, and last week's Copa match away to Elche.


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