Diego Simeone appears to have opened the door for a potential return to Atletico Madrid for Fernando Torres after claiming that the Chelsea striker is 'always in contact' with his team.

30-year-old Torres began his career at the Vicente Calderon and spent over a decade representing the club before eventually switching to Liverpool in 2011.

And with doubts seemingly persisting over the Spanish international's future at Stamford Bridge, Simeone - who has been manager of Atletico for three years now and played alongside Torres for Los Rojiblancos - appears convinced that he may want to return.

"Torres is always in contact with the team to wish them luck and occasionally sends me messages. He is delighted with everything that’s happening at Atleti. How could he not want to return to the club where he was born?" the Argentine's quotes were cited by The Daily Mail.

Having enjoyed a reputation as one of world football's most consistent and formidable marksmen during his time at Atleti and indeed at Anfield, it is perhaps fair to suggest that he has failed to live up to his previously lofty billing during his time at Chelsea.

Although Torres has won both the FA Cup and the Champions League with the Blues, they have been notably poor in the forward department this season.

As a result, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is expected to dip into the transfer market for the services of at least one new world-class striker in a few months time.

While that would appear to likely spell the end for the out-of-contract Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba, it is unclear what that could mean for the future of Torres.

However, with the club reportedly valuing him at £20 million, you would imagine - particularly if the club manage to land a big fee for Diego Costa at the end of the season - that Atletico could be capable of meeting such demands.

Whether Torres wold be an adequate replacement for his international teammate, however, is another argument entirely.

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