Torres keen to stay at Atletico for ‘many years’

Fernando Torres

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has expressed his desire to continue playing for Los Rojiblancos beyond next season.

The 33-year-old netted a brace on Sunday as the club beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the final game at the Vicente Calderon, before their move to the new Wanda Metropolitano next term.

The Spaniard's current contract with the club expires at the end of next season, but he remains motivated to play for many years.

"I still feel the same pride to belong to this club," Torres said, according to AS.

"I want to enjoy many more years with this team and this jersey. And above all, to thank these fans for all the support they have given me in the good moments and the bad moments. Next year we will try and do it all again."

Talking about the move to a new stadium, he added: "This is a day to celebrate a lot. We are leaving the Calderon. It is a day to enjoy. It has been very emotional. The moments we have lived through have been very special, since some of us were only small.

"The victory today honoured Atletico's spirit. We are leaving, but this is our home. Now begins the future. Life moves on, but the feelings always remain. It is a tremendous honour to have formed part of this."