Torres: I'll win with Atletico
By Graeme Bailey & Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fernando Torres has once again pledged his future to Atletico Madrid.
Fernando Torres has once again pledged his future to Atletico Madrid, following reports of renewed interest from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United have long been linked with a bid for the Spanish star - one of the most feared forwards in Europe.
Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea also have extensive dossiers on the 23-year-old, but Torres seems more than happy to continue with Atletico - his hometown club, where he came through the youth ranks.
Torres remains insistent that he can achieve all he wants in his career with Atletico, who have not won a major honour for over a decade.
"I have not lost faith, us Atletico people never lose it," he told AS.
"I don't think about leaving, there have been seasons in which things have not gone well and you just want your holiday to arrive and forget everything and hope you arrive back and things are better.
"The important thing is where you feel good and to win things you need to feel that. It can be difficult to find that feeling and a team like that but I am convinced I will win titles here."
Torres feels that within five years Atletico will be amongst Europe's elite.
"When I am 28 I will have played in the Champions League and I will have done it with Atletico, I only think about being here," he said.
"I am not obsessed about winning things, and I am not going to leave to win titles or to play in Europe - as I want to do that with Atletico because this is the club I feel for."
Meanwhile, Atletico - currently sixth in La Liga - have been boosted with the news that midfield aces Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Petrov have both returned to training.
Both suffered damaged knee ligaments within days of each other in October - but they are now on the road to full fitness.
"The players have been through some hard months of recuperation," said Atletico's chief medical officer Jose Maria Villalon.
"Initially we said six months and that appears to be correct."
Coach Javier Aguirre welcomed their return to fitness, saying: "This news is very positive as we need all the team fit so we can achieve all our objectives."