Charlie Austin hopes Fernando Torres recaptures form

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QPR hitman Charlie Austin has taken to Twitter to send a message of support to new Atletico loanee Fernando Torres.

Chelsea flop Torres joined AC Milan on a permanent deal on December 27th, but days later secured a loan move to his boyhood club, which prompted Austin's online show of support.

The former Burnley striker tweeted: "Fernando Torres going to ac Milan then being loaned to Atletico Madrid, hopefully he will be able to get back some kind of form he showed when he first came to England as he was great watch #goals."

The Spaniard joined Los Rojiblancos as an 11-year-old, and went on to captain the team -scoring 91 goals in 244 appearances - before leaving for Liverpool in 2007.

After lighting up Anfield in a prolific four year spell, he left for Chelsea in a £50million switch. Despite winning the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League, El Niño's spell at Stamford Bridge is more synonymous with his decline as a footballer rather than goals.

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Torres continued to struggle at Milan, netting just once for Milan in 10 appearances, but the return of the prodigal son to the Vicente Calderón Stadium could indeed be the catalyst to spark a revival in the Spaniards goalscoring fortunes.

A statement from Atleti read: "Fernando Torres returns to Atletico Madrid after an agreement reached by our club with Milan for the international striker to play on loan for the remainder of the season and one more.

"The player will have a medical on January 5. He returns home, where he trained as a player and became one of our biggest stars."

Torres could make his debut against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

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