It was something many Atletico Madrid fans hoped would not happen. It was also something that was inevitable given his lack of game time last season and the fact that we did not see him during the preseason.
Oliver Torres has returned to the scene of one of his best seasons on a season long loan deal and will ply his trade with Porto next season. They also have an option to but for €20 million at the end of this season according to Portuguese Media.
In an official statement, Atletico Madrid said: “Our club has reached an agreement with Porto for the loan of Óliver Torres to the Portuguese team. The club wishes the player the best of luck in this new professional stage.”
Óliver Torres.— FC Porto (@FCPorto) August 25, 2016
Bem-vindo / Bienvenido / Welcome#FCPorto @olitorres10 pic.twitter.com/K1i959yb5S
Although wildly talented, Torres never found his feet under Diego Simeone and struggled with the defensive aspects of his games; something Cholo requires without conditions.
The 21-year-old did play in games Atletico were expected to dominate and he was used as a the creative attacking midfielder who could unlock opposition defences but he could not, and was not, trusted in bigger ties in the Champions League and La Liga under Simeone.
Sometimes, it’s just not meant to be.