Fernando Torres is close to agreeing a new deal at Atletico Madrid following an excellent season in the Spanish capital.
The 32-year-old's contract expires this summer but after months of speculation, The Sun report that Torres is set to stay for at least one more year, citing Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
"[Torres] will be offered a contract and I’m sure he will accept it," the Spaniard revealed in his Sky Sports blog.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
Diego Simeone has been impressed by the former Liverpool striker’s work-rate since arriving at the Vicente Calderon and urged the club to begin talks with his representatives.
Torres has amassed ten goals and four assists in La Liga this season, also netting a vital away goal in the first leg of Atletico’s Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona in April, shortly before being sent off.
Nine of his ten goals have come in 2016, with Torres handed significantly more starts since Jackson Martinez’s big-money move to China in February.
Few had expected the striker - a £50 million flop at Chelsea - to recover from his sudden decline in England, but after a short stint at AC Milan he has found a new lease of life at the club where it all began.
In fact, his turnaround has been so dramatic that some have been calling for Vicente del Bosque to include Torres in his 23-man squad for Euro 2016, including former Liverpool team-mate Xabi Alonso.
Torres hasn't featured for Spain since their 3-0 win over Australia in the final group game of the 2014 World Cup.
He scored his 38th international goal that day, and if he performs well in the upcoming Champions League final, he may be handed the opportunity to extend that tally in France.