Fernando Torres welcomed back to Atlético Madrid by 40,000 fans

• ‘I always hoped it would be ‘see you later’ not goodbye’
• Diego Simeone says Torres is not returning as a saviour
Torres to join Atlético on loan until 2016

“Ever since 24 July 2007, we have all been waiting for this moment,” the Atlético Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, said. “This is not just any day, this is a very important day: Fernando Torres has come home.” Torres sat a few metres away in the front row of the directors’ box at the Vicente Calderón while through the glass doors the stands filled.

By the time Torres stepped outside and on to the pitch, wearing No19, there were 40,000 inside the ground. They were loud too. 24 July 2007 was the day Torres left Atlético Madrid for Liverpool, before moving to Chelsea for a record £50m fee. This summer he joined Milan on loan but it did not last long: 10 games and one goal later he departed. Seven and a half years after leaving home, he is back.

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