Garcia relishes Atletico chance
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luis Garcia has admitted the chance to return to Atletico Madrid was too good to miss.Luis Garcia has admitted the chance to return to Atletico Madrid was too good an opportunity to miss.
Garcia rejoined his former club, where he spent the 2002-2003 season, from Liverpool on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The Spain international revealed it was hard for him to leave Anfield but he could not turn down the chance to play back in his home country.
"It was a personal decision," he said.
"Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world. I spent three great years at Liverpool but it was time to consider my future.
"I could have stayed or I could return to Spain. I have made a decision which I believe is the right one.
"I simply couldn't reject the offer when given the opportunity to return to Atletico.
"Liverpool has been very important in my career and I will never forget my time there.
"Their fans are amazing, they supported me since my arrival, in good and bad times. I tried to do the best I could to repay their trust but nothing I can do can every repay their unconditional support."
Garcia is one of five new signings at Atletico this summer. He will link-up with Diego Forlan, Christian Abbiati, Raul Garcia and Cleber Santana at the Vicente Calderon and the 29-year-old is tipping the side to achieve big things next season.
"I aim for titles next season," he said.
"We have a great team and I think if the team continues to work in the same manner as they did last season, I see no reason why we cannot take the club to the position where it belongs."
Meanwhile, in a potential deal going the other way, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has refused to confirm the transfer of Fernando Torres to Liverpool is sealed.
Rumours have suggested that the Spain striker is set to make a £27million move to Anfield.
Cerezo responded when asked how the team would react to Torres' departure: "If and when that happens, we will see."
Garcia, however, has backed Torres to adapt to the Premier League if that is where he ends up.
"I haven't spoken to Torres," said Garcia. "But wherever he ends up playing, I believe he will give his best.
"I think the great players adapt well to any team and any league. Torres is one of them."