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Fernando Torres agrees new contract to stay at Atletico Madrid

El Nino's return is finally official and he will remain at the club beyond the summer

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The rumours have been ongoing for some time now but, according to Marca, Fernando Torres has at last signed a new contract with Atleti. The 32-year-old came into fine form during the second half of the season as he helped spearhead the team's unsuccessful push for the La Liga title, contributing with nine goals as Atletico also reached their second Champions League final in three years.

The club may have ended the season trophyless, however there was enough evidence for the boardroom that the current squad is talented enough to push on and attempt to bring back some silverware to the Vicente Calderon for the 2016/17 season. Torres played his part and has now been rewarded with a new contract.

The Spanish media outlet claim that talks began around a month ago, as we reported on during that time, but doubts surrounding Diego Simeone's future at Atletico led to a stalling in negotiations. With the Argentine deciding to stick around at los Rojiblancos, talks resumed over Torres' long-term future and a one-year contract was agreed upon. There was believed to have been an offer of an extra year though Torres has had to settle on a deal that lasts for just a single season. After struggling for form and fitness in his final years for Liverpool and whole period at Chelsea, it seems as if Torres is starting to recover from his longstanding poor run of form.

Having joined Atletico at the young age of 11, Torres has been affiliated with the club ever since. A former captain and still an icon, it seems only right that he would finish his playing days at the place it all started. With the capture of Nico Gaitan official and plenty of reports circulating of apparent interest from Atleti in a number of players, it seems as if El Nino's last run with his boyhood club may be the most successful of them.