Former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez has tipped Fernando Torres to have a career in management.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker is currently in charge of Atletico Madrid’s U19 team.
Marquez, who currently manages Barcelona Athletic, the Catalan giant’s ‘B’ team, said that Torres along with another former Liverpool .er impressed the Mexican on their coaching course together.
The 43-year-old told Mundo Deportivo: ‘Fernando Torres has great abilities. Equally, Alvaro Arbeloa.
‘You could already see they stood out during the course.’
It’s not the first time Torres has been tipped to have a successful career in management.
Former Atletico coach Armando de la Morena told AS in March: ‘A coach like Fernando, knowing his career a bit, as a .er and always with the respect that he has acted, has the conditions to be a great coach.
‘I know it from the .ers too, who tell me wonders about him, how he transmits, how he gives them the concepts. So what I see in him is that if everything is going the right way, then we have a future coach for Spanish football and for Atletico and hopefully for the national team as well. Whatever what he wants.
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‘He spoke very well to you even when he was still a kid, 17, 18 years old. He is always respectable both on and off the field, for his manners and behaviour. After all, a coach has to be that. An example both outside and inside the field. And he meets those conditions.’
Torres and Arbeloa were team-mates at Anfield, from 2007 to 2009, when the latter left the club to join Real Madrid – 18 months before the striker joined Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Atletico Madrid legend Torres, was previously assistant for Atletico’s U19 side, when they won their league last season.
Torres is now in charge of the team, following a host of former Liverpool team-mates into management, including Arbeloa, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.
Arbeloa holds the same role at Real Madrid, w. he had previously coached the U17 side following in the footsteps of club legend Raul Gonzalez.
Alonso was most recently in charge of Real Sociedad’s ‘B’ side, winning them promotion to the Segunda two seasons ago.