The striker has scored 126 goals in two spells at Atletico

Fernando Torres has said he will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

The Spaniard, who is out of contract with his boyhood club in the summer, has had limited opportunities with the first-team this season.

He left Atletico to join Liverpool in June 2007, before going to Chelsea in January 2011.

Torres rejoined Atletico in 2014 after a loan spell at AC Milan and notched up an impressive 126 goals in two spells at the LaLiga side. 

And Torres revealed that it has been very difficult to leave Atletico for a second time.

He said: “This will be my last season at the club. As you can see I am playing very little.

 “I felt obliged to inform the supporters. It’s not been an easy decision. This is not a day for reproaches.

“It’s very difficult to say goodbye for the second time. My aim was to hang up my boots here. I want to keep playing for two, three or five years.”

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo heaped praise on Torres following the announcement, saying he is “a legend of the club”. 

And the Spanish side have promised to honour Torres at their last home game of the season against Eibar on May 20, saying it will be an “unforgettable” occasion.

Cerezo said: “Fernando is a legend of our club.The doors of Atletico de Madrid will always be open for him.

“We have always said that he would have the decision about his future because this is his home and if he has decided to continue his professional career from the next season in another place, I can only thank him for everything he has given us, which is a lot.”