Torres aiming for debut against Real Madrid

The striker will be officially presented as an Atletico player once again on January 4 and hopes he will be able to face their city rivals in the Copa del Rey a few days later

Fernando Torres is hoping to make his Atletico Madrid debut against fierce rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

The Spanish striker returns to his boyhood club following failed stints at Chelsea and AC Milan and is expected to be unveiled as Rojiblanco again on Sunday January 4, the day after they face Levante in their first Liga game of 2015.

The Spanish champions then face Carlo Ancelotti’s Champions League and Club World Cup holders on Wednesday January 7 in the first leg of the round of 16 at the Vicente Calderon and Torres hopes he can pull on the red and white jersey that night.

“God willing that’s when I’ll get my debut,” he told reporters when asked about the prospect of facing the European and World champions.

“I’m excited and happy to have returned to Atletico and looking forward to starting work. I’ve never needed to say anything to Atletico staff and fans, because they’ve said everything already, and as always I’m grateful to them.

“Simeone wanted me to arrive yesterday, but that wasn’t possible in the end. I’m looking forward to starting training and hope that I can already officially be an Atletico player by January 5.”

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