Javier Hernandez, Fernando Torres & Santi Cazorla not joining Atletico

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been persistently linked with an emotional return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid for much of the summer, but Los Rojiblancos president Enrique Cerezo is adamant the Spanish international hitman is not on his transfer radar.

Cerezo also used an interview with Radio Marca, as relayed by the Daily Mail, to insist that Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez and Arsenal schemer Santi Cazorla will not be arriving at the Vicente Calderon anytime soon.

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Atleti have already moved swiftly to sign Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic this summer, as direct replacements for departed stars Diego Costa and David Villa, but despite still definitely being in the market for fresh options Cerezo's sights are not set on the Premier League.

'Many names have been mentioned, but none of those players, neither Cazorla, Callejon, Torres nor Chicharito (Hernandez) are on our agenda,' Cerezo told Radio Marca.

'If we sign another player, it won't be any of them.'

Torres staying put, Hernandez in limbo

Cerezo's confirmation that Torres won't be returning to the Spanish capital is very much in line with what Blues boss Jose Mourinho has reiterated on several occasions, the £50m star remains very much part of his plans and won't be sold before the transfer window slams shut.

Torres now has another former Atlei hitman in Diego Costa to contend with at Stamford Bridge, so the 30-year-old will need a dramatic improvement on a return of five Premier League goals last season to play regularly.

Hernandez is in a very different predicament though, still waiting to hear from new United supremo Louis van Gaal to find out if he featured in the Dutchman's plans for a drastic overhaul at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Mexican international even missed out on a starting spot at the World Cup because of recent limited game time with United, but will have to hope Inter Milan or Valencia come calling if he does indeed want a fresh challenge.

What about Cazorla?

Arsenal playmaker Cazorla's case is also rather more curious, a player at the peak of his powers but still consistently mentioned by gossip columns across the board as a star who could leave the Emirates over the next 12 months.

Cazorla has two years left on his deal at the Emirates and remains part of his plans for this season, but in the longer term Atletico will surely keep a close check on his availability even if a summer move has been completely ruled out.

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