It´s up to the club - Torres wants new Atletico Madrid contract

22 May, 2017, 16:33 | Author: Felix Jensen
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    Simeone to hold talks on Atletico Madrid future next week

Atletico said goodbye to the Vicente Calderon on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao and will move into the 68,000-seater Wanda Metropolitano stadium ahead of the new campaign.

Diego Simeone has confirmed he will be in charge of Atletico Madrid next season, ending speculation about his future at the La Liga side.

"It's hard to explain the feelings of a day like today", Torres is quoted as saying by Marca post match. "With the fans there were memories of many moments we have experienced here since we were kids".

Simeone, who spent two spells with Atleti as a player before returning as coach in 2011, hopes the fans provide a fitting end to life at the old ground.

In the eighth minute Fernando Torres opened the account for the Red and Whites after turning home Antoine Griezmann's cross.

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Three minutes later Griezmann was again involved as this time his pass was headed into Torres's path by Koke for an acrobatic finish.

And he was denied potentially the flawless send-off when a spectacular goal-line clearance from Aymeric Laporte prevented Torres from completing his hat-trick. Angel Correa sealed the match in the 89th minute with a third.

Real Sociedad leapfrogged their Basque rivals into sixth thanks to Juanmi's 93rd minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.

Sunday's defeat could prove costly for Athletic Bilbao in the race for Europa League football, with Ernesto Valverde's men dropping to seventh place in the table and now reliant on the outcome of the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Alaves.

Atletico finished third in La Liga for a third straight season since breaking Real Madrid and Barcelona's hegemony by winning the title in 2013/14.

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