Atletico Madrid new signing Moussa Dembele praised Atletico legend Fernando Torres and said he was his idol as a kid in his introductory press conference.
signed the Lyon striker as a direct replacement for
, whose contract was terminated in December and would provide cover in the squad.
, who joined Lyon from Celtic in 2018, scored 44 goals in all competitions during the first two years of his spell at the French club but he has struggled for goals and minutes this season, scoring only one goal in 16 games and started just six games.
Dembele explained, in quotes carried by Marca:
“Mainly, I’m a striker and I like to score goals. That is my job. I like to run into space, receive the ball and score goals. I am a physical player but with technique. I cannot wait to start playing here. As a child, my favorite player was Fernando Torres – he was my idol, so I am happy to be here. I hope we do great things together.”
Fernando Torres scored 121 goals in 350 appearances for Atletico Madrid during two different spells in the Spanish club.
Atletico Madrid sit first on the LaLiga table and have a four-point lead over Real Madrid with two games in hand.