Chelsesa flop Fernando Torres has ended his Stamford Bridge nightmare by making his loan move to AC Milan permanent.
Torres had endured a torrid time since joining Chelsea from Liverpool for a then-British record £50m back in 2011.
But a disasterous spell ended with a record of only 20 goals from 110 games for the Blues.
The Spaniard was then sent to the Italian side on loan at the end of this summer’s transfer window, in a bid to regain form and confidence.
And despite only one goal in Serie A so far this season, against Empoli in September, Torres has impressed the management enough to sign a permament deal.
But he is set to be packing his bags again soon, as he is being sent out on loan again.
Torres is returning to the club where he made his name, Atletico Madrid.
Despite leaving the Spanish side back in 2007 to head to Anfield, he is still treated with huge esteem and respect in the Spanish capital. Atletico fans to this day turn up for home games en masse with his name on the back of their shirts.
He scored 82 goals in 214 league starts over six years at Atletico, and it appears that this move is just what he needs to regain the form that made him one of Europe’s most lethal forwards.
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