Atletico Madrid could have been forgiven if they assumed Fernando Torres would sign a new contract extension with them, regardless of the offer on the table.
The Spanish striker is a fan favourite at the Vicente Calderon and has made it abundantly clear that he wants to stay with the Champions League finalists.
However, according to Spanish newspaper AS, Torres is waiting before putting pen-to-paper on a contract extension with Atleti - even though he has already been offered a new two-year contract.
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Why? Well, according to the report, there is some vital “small print” in the contract offer that needs to be sorted before Torres commits his future to the Colchoneros.
Until the conditions are agreed, Torres is unlikely to sign the new deal.
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Torres wants agreement reached before CL final
However, the report adds that the 32-year-old is keen to get his future sorted before the Champions League final against local rivals Real Madrid on May 28.
If an agreement can’t be reached, Torres will have options - although it’s safe to say he won’t be heading back to his parent club AC Milan.
Reports suggest that the clubs from the Chinese Super League and Major League Soccer are keen to sign the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward.
But, of course, Torres is keen to stay with his beloved Atletico for as long as possible and, all going to plan, an announcement could be made later this week.
Until relatively recently, it looked like Atletico would opt against signing Torres on a permanent deal.
Over the past couple of months, however, Torres has rediscovered his goalscoring touch and is arguably in his best patch of form since his prolific days at Liverpool.
Torres explains his unexpected return to form
Explaining his unexpected return to form, Torres recently told Radio Marca: "I was at a point when I needed something to bring back the excitement, to feel motivated, to feel part of a group that wanted to compete.
“I needed to believe in something and feel the excitement again and I couldn't find it anywhere else.
"Coming back here gave me what I needed in that moment. I was back fighting for something that I've always wanted. I'm lucky enough to have a family that has always supported my decisions."
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