Fernando Torres has confirmed this season will be his last playing for Atletico Madrid, the striker’s boyhood club.
Torres enjoys hero status at Atletico, where he came through the ranks as a teenager and made his first-team debut, aged 17 in 2001.
But, after spells away at Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan, the 34-year-old’s second stint in the Spanish capital has largely been as a back-up.
Torres has started only three La Liga games this season under coach Diego Simeone.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to confirm that this is my last season at the club,” Torres said on Monday.
“I felt I should let the fans know, as they have given me so much love and affection.
“Both the club and I knew that this moment was going to come. I think it is the best moment, accepting the reality that I am in, you see the prominence that I have in the team and maybe it is time to make way for others.”
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