Torres signs for another year with Atleti

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres will spend another season at his boyhood club after signing a one-year extension.

The 33-year-old, known as El Niño (the boy) when he broke into the club’s first team as a teenager back in 2000, scored eight goals from 31 appearances for Los Rojiblancos last season.

“Happy to stay one more year with all of you,” Torres wrote on Twitter. “Thanks for joining me for so many years … and the remaining ones.”

Torres was a third-choice striker for Atleti manager Diego Simeone last season, behind Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro, and could find game time further limited should reports of Diego Costa’s return prove true.

But with the club currently under a transfer ban until 2018, the veteran striker could prove a useful squad member for the coming campaign.