Club legend Fernando Torres has moved up the coaching ranks at Atletico Madrid, having re-joined the club last year.
Torres came home Atleti in September 2020 after retiring from playing in Japan with Sagan Tosu the year prior.
The World Cup winner completed his Pro coaching licence with the Spanish Football Federation during the summer, alongside former Spain teammate Alvaro Arbeloa.
With the plan to get his first coaching experience, Torres started working under Ricky Alonso in Atleti’s academy. However, according to Marca, he has already moved up to work with the B side from this week.
Marca notes that Atletico have been ‘amazed’ by Torres’ impact on the training pitch.
Torres knows Atletico’s academy well, having come through the same system back at the turn of the century.
After graduating to the first team at the old Vicente Calderon, Torres scored 91 times in 244 appearances before a £20m move to Liverpool in 2007.
After further spells with Chelsea and Milan, Torres returned to Atleti in 2014/15, scoring 38 more times in a further 160 appearances during his second stint. He also helped his boyhood club to the 2018 Europa League.
Torres faces a particularly important challenge as a coach in the B team, as he will be tasked with developing the youngest son of first team manager Diego Simeone: Giuliano Simeone.
The 18-year-old scored on his Atletico B debut in Sunday 1-1 draw with Poblense with a poacher’s effort just seconds into the second half.
The young striker signed his first pro contract with the club back in September and could have a bright future under the guidance of Torres… and his dad, of course.
All three of Simeone’s sons are forwards despite the manager himself playing much deeper in midfield during his own playing career.
Oldest child Giovani (25) plays for Cagliari in Serie A, while Gianluca (22) is at UD Ibiza Islas Pitiusas in Spain’s lower tiers.