Atletico Madrid have confirmed the surprise loan signing of Fernando Torres, just days after the Spanish striker joined AC Milan permanently from Chelsea.
The Spain international took to Twitter to post an emotional message, expressing his gratitude to the people that made this "dream come true" in the mid-season window, even after a disappointing six-month spell in Serie 'A'.
Torres swapped Stamford Bridge for the San Siro during the summer, but after struggling to settle in Italy has ended his two-year loan deal early, and will now link up with Diego Simeone's squad at the Vicente Calderon for another new challenge in 2015.
The £50 million flop's swift departure from Milan is an indication of just how difficult Torres is finding it to rediscover his best form following a disastrous three-and-a-half-year spell in west London.
Jose Mourinho gave up on the 30-year-old after working with him for just one season at Chelsea, allowing the Spaniard to link up with Pippo Inzaghi after splashing £32 million on Diego Costa, re-signing Didier Drogba on a free transfer and adding France international Loic Remy to a new-look attack.
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Torres scored just one solitary goal in ten league appearances for Milan in the first half of 2014/15, but will now be hoping that a return 'home' to the club where he first made his name will give him the impetus to improve, as he attempts to rediscover the sort of form that prompted Chelsea to break the British transfer record to sign him from Liverpool in 2011.
After coming through Atletico's youth academy Torres signed his first professional contract at the age of 15 and made his senior debut for the club two years later. He scored 13 goals in 29 appearances during his first season in La Liga and at the age of 19 was made captain of Los Colchoneros.
A high-profile move to the Premier League in 2007 - which saw Torres link up with compatriot Rafa Benitez at Anfield - was regarded as a huge disappointment for Atletico Madrid fans, but now they'll get the chance to see their returning hero wear the club's famous colours again for the remainder of the season at least.
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