Fernando Torres has arguably been one of Atletico's best players in the second half of the season, contributing with nine goals since the start of February as los Rojiblancos made a late surge for the La Liga as well as qualifying for a second Champions League final in three years. Torres’ contribution can’t be underestimated as 4 of his 9 goals came in matches when he was the lone Atleti goalscorer.
His recent form has shown that there is still hope he can be counted on as a reliable striker towards the end of his career and recent reports coming from Spain indicate he will most likely see out his playing days at the place it all started.
AS have claimed that the Spanish international was keen on finalising his future before the Champions League final against Real Madrid in 18 days’ time, and it now looks as if his fantastic performances have been rewarded with a contract extension of two years. The financial details of the deal haven’t been reported yet but it’s safe to assume Torres will probably have to take at least a slight pay cut on the £150,000 a week he is currently receiving, as a result of the contract he signed for Chelsea back in January 2011.
Despite the criticism that El Nino has faced since seemingly losing his form following his move to Stamford Bridge, there’s no arguing that Torres has enjoyed an illustrious career thus far. Winner of a World Cup, multiple European Championships, a Europa League, a Champions League & FA Cup as well as his personal achievements of finishing as the tournaments top scorer in Spain’s recent EURO 2012 success, Fernando has shown himself to be a true winner. Let’s hope that continues for the remainder of his new contract.