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 By Chris Wright
Jul 26, 2014

Atletico fans chant for Torres at Mandzukic unveiling

Despite becoming somewhat of a walking, talking punchline in wider football circles due to his expensive yet largely goal-shy stint at Chelsea, Fernando Torres will always be a prodigal son in the eyes of Atletico Madrid fans.

The ongoing El Nino worship is hardly surprising, with Torres coming up through the Rojiblancos' youth ranks as a whipper-snapper, going on to score just short of 100 senior goals in just over 240 senior games for the La Liga club before departing for Liverpool in 2007.

Indeed, with rumours circulating all summer that Chelsea are ready to offload Torres to the highest bidder, excitement has been building within the Atletisphere that their prodigal son, now aged 30, may just be ready to finally return to his spiritual home.

It would seem that the aforementioned excitement may have been too much to contain for the droves of Atletico supporters who gathered to welcome new signing Mario Mandzukic at his official unveiling on Thursday evening, with loud 'Fernando Torres' chants reportedly ringing out around the stadium as the Croatian striker was preparing to greet his new fans.

Spanish newspaper AS are reporting that many of the 6,000 Atletico fans inside the Vicente Calderon chanted Torres' name as they waited in the baking heat for Mandzukic to appear from the tunnel.

AS also mention that the chants weren't believed to be a show of disrespect to Mandzukic, but rather a plea for coach Diego Simeone to bring in Torres along side the former Bayern Munich target man in order to bolster Atleti's freshly Diego Costa-less attacking ranks.

Mandzukic's unveiling was also interrupted several further times when pitch invaders had to be chased down and turfed out of the stadium by security staff.

All in all, a fairly eventful start to life as an Atletico Madrid employee for our friend Mario!