Fernando Torres, the Atletico Madrid forward, has put an end to speculation that he may leave the club as he faces increased competition for playing time from Diego Costa.
There were reports that he would be leaving in the winter transfer window, possibly to China or the States. However, speaking to the club’s television station he said, “I’m under contract and I hope it will not be just this one [season) but many more. That’s my only aim and my only motivation.”
He has made just one league start this season but he has come off the bench nine times in La Liga. Torres hasn’t scored yet but said, “I just have to look at myself, work more, make the most of the minutes I get and give myself the opportunity to start in the next game.”
He added, “That’s where I am right now, trying to earn a starting place and be the first choice for my coach.”
Atletico have been under a FIFA transfer ban but this will come to an end in January and there is a chance that Torres will face even more competition.
Since Torres returned to the team in 2015 he has scored 30 goals but he has now fallen behind players such as Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro, Luciano Vietto and Angel Correa in the starting line-up.
Costa, his former Chelsea teammate, will be registered for the team in January and this is clearly weighing on Torres’ mind, “I know that each game can be my last with Atletico or maybe not. I play as if it was my last because that’s how I feel, but considering how much I’ve had to fight to get playing time, I’m not going to throw in the towel.”