Thursday, 20th March, 2014

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has hinted at a return to Atletico Madrid as he confessed his admiration for Los Rojiblancos’ boss Diego Simeone.

The Spanish international shared a dressing room with the Argentine during their days at the Vicente Calderon, and has said that he would like to work under him.

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“I have a lot of admiration for Cholo from the time when we were team-mates. He has helped me a lot, he taught me to be captain”, the 30-year-old told AS.

“He taught me many things in our seasons together at Atleti.


“I always want to work with people I admire. I admired Rafa Benitez from outside and had the opportunity to work with him.

“It is the same with Jose Mourinho and Luis Aragones.

“I have been fortunate to work with people who, when you see from the outside you say: ‘What is it they have? What is their secret? Why do all the teams they work with win?’

“Simeone is like [Pep] Guardiola or other coaches. You'd get to see and learn how they train.”

Torres left the Spanish club for Liverpool in 2007 before he went on to join Chelsea in 2011. In 103 league appearances for the Blues, the striker has only managed 19 goals so far, and talk of replacing him with Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge has already been doing the rounds.

But the World Cup winner has said that he has made no decision on his future yet.

“In football you never know. You cannot be sure where you're going to be tomorrow or in a week or in ten years”, Torres said.

“The twists and turns of life are unknown. I don’t have to meet Simeone either here or with Atleti.

Who was going to tell me I would work with Benitez at two English teams?”

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