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Fernando Torres predicted a managerial career for former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez

Former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez has helped Fernando Torres pursue a career in management.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward currently manages Atletico Madrid U19 side.

Marquez, who currently manages Barcelona Athletic, the Catalan giants’ B-team, said Torres, along with another former Liverpool player, had impressed the Mexican on their joint coaching course.

The 43-year-old told World Sports: “Fernando Torres has great ability. Likewise Alvaro Arbeloa.

“You could see during the course that you noticed.”

It’s not the first time Torres has been tipped for a successful career in management.

Former Atletico manager Armando de la Morena told AS in March: “A manager like Fernando, who knows a little bit about his career, as a player and always with the respect that he has acted, has what it takes to be a great manager be.

“I also know it from the players who tell me wonders about him, how he transfers, how he conveys the concepts to them. So I see in him that if everything goes well we will have a future coach for Spanish football and for Atlético and hopefully also for the national team. Whatever he wants.

“He spoke to you very well, even when he was a kid, 17, 18 years old. He is always respectable, both on and off the field, for his manners and demeanor. After all, that’s what a coach has to be. An example both outside and inside the field. And he fulfills these conditions.”

Torres and Arbeloa were team-mates at Anfield from 2007 to 2009, when the latter left for Real Madrid – 18 months before the striker joined Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid legend Torres was previously an assistant to Atletico U19 side when they won their league last season.

Torres is now in charge of the team, having succeeded a host of former Liverpool team-mates into management including Arbeloa, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.

Arbeloa holds the same role at Real Madrid, where he previously coached the U17 side – following in the footsteps of club legend Raul Gonzalez.

Alonso was last in charge of Real Sociedad’s B team and won promotion to the Segunda two seasons ago.

Gerrard had the greatest success of this Liverpool squad, winning the Scottish Premiership title with Rangers.

The former Liverpool captain, who formed a deadly partnership with Torres in the late 2000s, is now at Aston Villa, who sit 15th in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s side, featuring players like Alonso, Arbeloa, Gerrard and Torres, came closest to a league title in 2008/09, where they finished four points behind eventual champions Manchester United.

Torres is one of Atletico’s most legendary players of all time and has been idolized by fans since he broke into the side in 2001 to fire them back into LaLiga after they were relegated to the second tier last season.

He remained a fan favorite even after joining Liverpool in 2007 and when he returned to the club in 2015, around 45,000 fans flocked to the Vicente Calderon just to see him.

In his final season with the club, he eventually lifted a trophy with Atlético and came on as a substitute in their 3-0 win against Marseille in the Europa League final.

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