"I have no reason to hide where I come from, where I belong. Everyone is perfectly aware of what the club means to me and what we mean to each other. I’m enjoying of this new era of progress as a supporter, just like any other. But Atleti doesn’t need anyone to re-vindicate them or to make them feel important because they do it by themselves just fine. One thing is clear, our love will last forever.
On one hand I would like to retire at there and on the other I wouldn’t. So many years have passed… and I’ve come to think of my time at the club as something very positive. But those were incredibly tough times for the club, socially, economically and football-wise. In every possible way, we had it bad. We got relegated and although we managed to make it to the first division again, we never made it above mid-table. But despite that, I have no regrets. My relationship with the fans, the things I accomplished while I was there, what I gave to the club and what the club gave to me… I am so proud of it all, of what I did, and the fact that they can see that and acknowledge it makes me feel so incredibly grateful. If I had the opportunity to go back and to be able to challenge and to win and to do it passionately, then I would. I would go back and accomplish what I couldn’t in the past, I’d go back to close the cycle. But what if those circumstances never happened? What if I couldn’t challenge, what if I couldn’t win? Why would I want to destroy something so beautiful? I left for a reason, and I think time has proved us (myself and the club) right. The club is so much better now than it was before I left -just take a look at where they are now-, and I have done well too. At the moment, things are fine just the way they are. The longing to play for Atlético again is something that I will always feel, and I’m sure that at one point, I’d love to go back, but as long as I can challenge and win titles for the club. I couldn’t allow myself to go back to do anything else but win.” - Fernando Torres