New Atletico signing Fernando Torres is hoping to make his debut for the club against cross town rivals Real Madrid when the clubs meet in the Copa Del Rey quarter-finals.
El Nino joined Los Rojiblancos as an 11-year-old, and went on to captain the team before leaving for Liverpool in 2007, but arrived back in Madrid on loan on Tuesday to a hero's welcome.
The Chelsea flop is back club where he scored 91 goals in 244 appearances on loan from AC Milan, and expressed his delight at his return to the Vicente Calderon.
"I'm excited, happy to have returned and looking forward to starting work. I've never needed to say anything to Atlético staff and fans, because they've said everything already, and as always I'm grateful to them", he told reporters in his first press conference.
"I'm looking forward to starting training and hope that I can already officially be an Atlético player on the 5th January".
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The La Liga champions face their bitter rivals in El Derbi Madrileño on January 7, a date the former World Cup winner no doubt has circled on his calendar, telling the fans "God willing that's when I'll get my debut".
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti signed Torres for £50 million during his reign at Chelsea, and put rivalry aside to wish his former player his best wishes.
The Italian told AS: "It will be exciting to play against him. I wish him all the best. I like Fernando as a player and as a person. I coached him at my time in Chelsea.
"It feels like he's going "home", a great motivation for him to give his all."
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