Fernando Torres has signed a one-year contract with Atletico Madrid after his contract with AC Milan expired.
The 32-year-old striker, who signed for Liverpool on this day in 2007 for £20million, was on loan at Atletico from Milan and the La Liga club have decided to make the deal a permanent arrangement.
“I’m delighted to continue at home, the only place where I ever wanted to be, and it has finally come true,” Torres told Atletico’s official website.
“[I am] happy to be here. I’ve never had doubts about where I wanted to be during all this process in which we didn’t know what was going to happen and, in the end, what matters is that I have achieved what I was expecting.”
Torres joined Atletico on an 18-month loan from AC Milan in January 2015 but scored just six times in 27 appearances before the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Torres scored 11 league goals in 30 appearances last term and helped his team reach the final of the Champions League, where they lost on penalties to Real Madrid.
Sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero added: “It is great news for us because Fernando belongs here and all Atletico fans are happy that he will continue with us.
“He knows our club perfectly and is a point of reference for all of his team-mates. The players who have come up from our academy have a mirror in which to look and he always has great advice for them. He is a player with great experience, used to winning titles and competing at the top level.”