Fernando Torres is set to spend the latter stages of his footballing career in the United States once leaves Atletico Madrid in the summer. The 34-year-old Spaniard reaches the end of his contract with the Wanda Metropolitano outfit at the end of the season, as he announced recently that he would leave Madrid for the second time in his country.
According to Marca, due to the absence of offers from other Spanish clubs, Torres favors a move to the United States ahead of a move to the Chinese Super League. Torres came off the bench to score in Atletico Madrid’s 3 nil win against Levante over the weekend.
The likes of Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, and New York City are the US clubs reportedly harboring an interest in the acquisition of the former Liverpool and Chelsea hitman. Torres has started just one league match for Atletico Madrid since Christmas but has been regularly used as a substitute. He has 8 goals in 36 games to his name so far this season.
Torres now has six more league matches for Atletico, alongside a minimum of two legs in the Europa League semifinals against Premier League side Arsenal. In his interview, after his goal against Levante, and his 100th in the La Liga, Torres was still hopeful of having more to offer to the club in his last few games.
‘For me, every game I have left is a party, you can see how the fans are with us,’ Torres said. ‘I hope that goal isn’t my last.’
Regardless of the victory, Atletico remain 11 points behind Barcelona, with their only hope of obtaining silverware this season in the Europa. Atletico fans displayed a banner that translates as ‘F. Torres, from child to legend’