Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo believes Fernando Torres’ return to the club from Milan could be a huge boost for Los Rojiblancos.
Cerezo confirmed that the on-loan striker will be unveiled next Sunday, whilst pouring scorn on suggestions the former Liverpool and Chelsea man is coming back to his boyhood club to wind down his career.
“The deal is done and he will be unveiled on January 4, although I’m unsure whether it will be in the morning or the afternoon.
“We want our stadium to be packed with Atletico fans, particularly children, as Torres coming back is great news for football and Atletico Madrid.
“If there is anyone in the twilight of their career then that’s me because I’m 66,” he told RNE radio station.
The Atleti chief revealed that Torres will arrive in Madrid on Tuesday or Wednesday to undergo his medical and start training with Diego Simeone’s squad.
In addition, he explained that negotiations over the transfer had been held up by “technical difficulties”, with the terms of Alessio Cerci’s loan move to Milan proving a major stumbling block, and that Torres’ arrival did not mean Mario Mandzukic would be leaving.
“It’s not been easy but the coaching staff wanted him, the club wanted him and so did the supporters. Now he’s ours.
“Mandzukic won’t leave. He’s an important player,” concluded Cerezo.