Fernando Torres was expected to put pen to paper on a two-year contract with Atletico Madrid this summer; however, it seems Diego Simeone has experienced a sudden change of heart.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Torres has now only been offered a one-year deal, much to the surprise and disappointment of the striker.
However, the Spain international has accepted Atleti’s revised offer, having already rejected several “serious offers” from other interested clubs earlier this summer.
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Torres is understood to have felt that he deserved a longer contract thanks to his performances over the past five months, but the 32-year-old will now need to impress Simeone over the course of the 2016-17 campaign in order to earn himself an additional year.
Had he known Atletico would cut the two-year offer by a year, it’s possible that Torres would have opted to leave the Vicente Calderon, even though his hope was to stay put with his beloved current employers.
Simeone still not convinced Torres is 'back'?
So, what could have caused Simeone’s change of heart?
That the Argentine coach waited so long in the season before deciding he wanted to retain Torres suggests he may have had his doubts, despite his impressive performances towards the end of the campaign.
Torres then disappointed in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, a defeat which prompted Simeone to consider his future at the Calderon.
Simeone considered quitting Atletico this summer
Asked if he was considering walking away after that gut-wrenching defeat at the San Siro, Simeone was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I am thinking that I have to start thinking. It's a logical question for you to ask after a defeat like the one we've suffered today.
"We had the chance to become champions, we didn't take that chance. We need to continue working, I have to think things out on my part - that's what I'm doing now.
"What is clear to me is that nobody remembers the losers. We have to get over this and heal our wounds."
Terrified that they could lose their talismanic coach, top Atletico officials Miguel Ángel Gil Marín and Andrea Berta flew to Buenos Aires to convince Simeone to stay several weeks ago.
It worked. Simeone will still be in charge of Atletico next season.
Torres will still be at the club, too, although there’s a chance it could now be his last campaign with the Colchoneros.
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