Diego Simeone wants ‘absolute legend in football’ Fernando Torres to come and work with him at Atletico Madrid after striker retired from playing
- Fernando Torres played his last professional match in Japan late last week
- 35-year-old Spanish striker ended an 18-year playing career with Sagan Tosu
- Torres played 350 games for Atletico Madrid in two spells with Spanish club
- And manager Diego Simeone is keen to have him back in a coaching capacity
Diego Simeone has paid tribute to ‘absolute legend’ Fernando Torres and says he hopes they work together again at Atletico Madrid in the future.
Former Atletico, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain forward Torres, 35, played his final professional match for Japanese club Sagan Tosu last week.
Torres enjoyed a hugely successful 18-year career, helping Spain win the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in both 2008 and 2012.
Fernando Torres is thrown into the air by his team-mates after playing his last football match
Torres waves to fans (left) after his final game and he also spoke to supporters in the stadium
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has paid tribute to Torres following his retirement
And Simeone, who managed Torres during his second spell at Atletico having earlier played alongside him, wished him well in his retirement.
‘Fernando is a very intelligent boy and an absolute legend in football,’ Simeone said.
‘He has earned this thanks to his commitment, his hard work and his respect to others because wherever he was in his career, he had a very classy image.
‘This was not just as a footballer but as a person and I guess it will take him a while to get prepared for the new place he decides to be, as he will want to be diligent with the responsibilities he has.
Torres’ final game as a professional ended in a humiliating 6-1 defeat on Friday
Forward Torres was up against his former international team-mate Andres Iniesta (right)
‘Hopefully this will not take so long, so that we can work together once again [at Atletico].’
Torres scored 121 goals in 350 games for Atletico during his two spells with the club.
His farewell match didn’t quite go to plan, however, as Sagan Tosu lost 6-1 to a Vissel Kobe side containing his former international team-mates Andres Iniesta and David Villa.