By Dominic Toner

Former Premier League striker Fernando Torres believes that Tottenham will win the Premier League in the future.

The ex-Liverpool and Chelsea player will line up against Mauricio Pochettino’s side when Atletico Madrid face Spurs in the International Champions Cup on 29 July.

“Pochettino is doing a great job mixing these talented young players they have with more experienced players,” Torres told Atletico Madrid’s website.

“Last season they were really close to winning the Premier League and they are on their way, but in the future they will do it.”

Torres is well accustomed to the competitive nature of English football and scored 85 league goals during his two spells, but failed to lift the Premier League.

The Spaniard spent four seasons at London rivals Chelsea and did pick up the Europa League, FA Cup and, most famously, the Champions League.

Spurs will have the opportunity to emulate Chelsea in the Champions League this season after earning a spot in the group stages from their impressive league form.

They were in a two-way race for the title with eventual champions Leicester for the majority of the season before finishing third behind Arsenal, and vastly exceeded their pre-season expectations.

The young English core of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane played a huge role in their success, the latter earning the golden boot award for his 25 league goals.

Alli also picked up the accolade of PFA Young Player of the Year after scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists for Pochettino’s side.

Spurs have already begun recruiting for the new season and have added midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama, as well as 22-year-old forward Vincent Janssen.

In other Tottenham news, manager Pochettino has revealed his decision after being approached for the Argentina job.