Fernando Torres has refused to close the door on a return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea.
The Spanish international started his career with the La Liga giants before leaving to join Liverpool.
He enjoyed a great deal of success with the Reds prior to signing for Chelsea in 2011 in a mega £50m deal.
Torres has never made a secret of his emotional attachment to his boyhood side, whom he captained before leaving to pursue life in the Premier League.
And with the now 30-year-old believed to no longer be a key man at Stamford Bridge he has hinted that he would be open to a switch back to Atletico to link up with manager Diego Simeone – whom he featured alongside at the Vicente Calderon as a player:
“I have a lot of admiration for Cholo [Simeone] from when we were team-mates,” he is quoted by The Metro.
“He helped me a lot and taught me to be captain.’
“In football you never know,
“You can’t be sure where you’re going to be tomorrow or in a week or in ten years.”
Torres has widely been regarded as a big money flop since his move to Chelsea, with the once prolific goal-getter having failed to match the form that made him one of the most feared forwards on the planet while at Liverpool in the blue shirt.
However, the front-man says that his time in West London has actually been a success:
“In two-and-a-half seasons I’ve won a Champions League, an FA Cup and a Europa League and I still have years remaining at Chelsea in which to keep on winning more trophies.”