As Fernando Torres enters his last month as an Atletico Madrid player and contract talks doubtful, his future at the club looks improbable. The same can be said for his international career, as the striker has dismissed any possibility of representing Spain at the Euro’s this summer.
With his sudden run of form, five goals in his last seven games, there is no doubt he isn’t in the mind of the Spanish boss, Vicente del Bosque as France edges ever closer. However, having fallen out-of-favour in the qualifying rounds, the former Liverpool star claims he no longer feels part of the Spain setup, according to ESPN.
Speaking to Radio Marca last week, he claimed, “I don't feel part of it anymore so I'd rather not talk too much about it. What I would have liked to happen, well I'll keep that to myself. I'm not thinking about the summer - just about Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.”
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He later changed the subject, advising the Spain boss to call upon fellow Atletico team-mate Saul Niguez, who scored a sublime solo goal against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, “They should call up Saul,” he said. “I hope it does happen, it's the next step he deserves. He will play many games with Spain. But it is up to the coach - for me it is just about Saturday."
Atletico’s number nine played 36 minutes against Vallecano on Saturday, coming on moments before Antoine Griezmann netted the winner as they ran out 1-0 victors ahead of Tuesday’s cruncher in Munich.
Torres hasn’t featured for his country since facing Australia nearly two years back at the 2014 World Cup, scoring Spain’s second in a 3-0 victory. With the likes of Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata, to name a couple, stepping up and succeeding the striking role, the Spaniard continues to fall down the pecking order.
The Atletico forward has a record to cherish regarding international status. Torres scored 38 goals in 110 games for his country, one of those coming in the Euro 2008 final and proved to be the winning strike. He also played a pivotal role in the 2010 World Cup whilst finishing Euro 2012 joint top scorer.
At 32-years-old, it would seem the upcoming competition would be Torres’ last chance to wear the Spain shirt and with his recent turn of form, the fans have urged it to happen. Despite putting all speculation to bed, prolonging his current run will no doubt reignite speculation regarding a potential international U-turn.