Spanish international striker Fernando Torres has announced that he will stay at Atletico Madrid.

The 22-year-old striker had been linked with a move to Manchester United as replacement for Ruud van Nistelrooy, who is expected to leave the club before the start of the forthcoming season.

But he held a press conference in Madrid on Tuesday to say: “I want to stay. If I had wanted to leave Atletico Madrid I would have done it years ago.

“I feel fine here. There has been a lot of discussion about my possible exit but I am here for another year.”

Torres’ representative Antonio Sanz had earlier added: “Neither us, nor the club, has received an offer from Manchester United, or any other clubs for that matter.”

“Torres has two years left on his contract with Atletico and then we will see what happens.

“After the World Cup, there has been interest from Italian clubs but not from English clubs, and there hasn’t been anything concrete.”