By Laura O’Leary
Fernando Torres’ representatives have notified Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez that the striker wants to go out on loan in January, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror reports that the striker would love one more spell in the Premier League before returning to Spain to retire at the end of his contract.
The 33-year-old striker is currently contracted to his hometown club Atletico Madrid after permanently rejoining the side in 2016.
However, he has only started two games for them this season and knows that his chances of game time will be even less when Diego Costa joins in January.
The World Cup winner spent eight years away from his boyhood club, having spells at AC Milan, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Benitez signed Torres for Liverpool during his time at the club – the striker went on to make 142 appearances and score 81 goals for the Reds.
The Spanish manager also worked with Torres during his short reign at Chelsea.
The report also revealed that Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino had been notified of the striker’s desire for a loan move.
Football Insider Verdict
Newcastle’s problems have been clear to see in the Premier League this season, they lack goals. In the first 11 league games, the Magpies have only been able to muster 10 goals. While it has been a fair a few years since Torres was one of the most deadliest finishers in the Premier League during his time with Liverpool, a temporary move might work out at St James Park. Benitez clearly knew how to utilise the star and knows all about the player when it comes to getting the best out of him. The 33-year-old’s last Premier League spell at Chelsea may have been disappointing to say the least, but his desire to leave a positive impression on England’s top league before retiring might help him relive the good old days.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, Benitez is reportedly reluctant to let this star go after all.