Torres revels in spectacular Atletico Madrid return

The striker said a part of him remained at the club when he departed seven years ago as he was unveiled in front of 45,000 fans at the Vicente Calderon
Fernando Torres has expressed his gratitude to Atletico Madrid for sealing his return to the club and spoken of his desire to fire them to further success.

The striker departed the Vicente Calderon seven years ago to join Liverpool but finds himself back at the Spanish capital on a year-and-a-half long loan deal from AC Milan.

Torres left Atletico as one of the hottest prospects in European football but returns bidding to resurrect a career that has nosedived since he left the Reds for Chelsea in 2011.

The 30-year-old watched from the stands as the Liga champions beat Levante 3-1 on Saturday and cut the gap between themselves and leaders Real Madrid to just a point.

Torres was then unveiled to supporters at the stadium on Sunday. Fans were queueing up for two hours before the event and 45,000 showed up to give their returning hero a thunderous reception as he was paraded on the pitch.

"Leaving this club was the hardest decision of my career. Seven years ago I said goodbye and today I am back, it is hard not to be excited," he told reporters.

"From the outside I have been excited when the club has won trophies and suffered when they have suffered defeats.

"I want to thank everyone who made it possible for me to come back to the club. I left because I needed to grow but now I find a team that has grown and is competing with the best in the world.

"My dream is to win trophies with Atletico."

Torres could make his second debut in the Copa del Rey round-of-16 clash with city rivals Madrid on Wednesday.