La Aficion NW’s Niko Moreno wrote on the Somos Sounders blog today that Millonarios FC wants to bring back Sounders center back Román Torres this summer. Torres played more than 100 matches for the Bogotá-based club, winning the Colombia Categoría Primera A league title in 2012. According to Moreno, Millonarios could be losing central defender Pedro Franco to Turkey’s Beşiktaş in the summer, and want to bring Torres back to shore up their defense.
Despite the report that Millonarios club officials have been in contact with Torres or his agent, there is no indication that the player wants to leave Seattle. After missing a large part of the 2016 season while recovering from an ACL tear, Torres went on to become a huge part of the Sounders’ MLS Cup run. From being a joyful, celebratory presence in the locker room, to scoring the winning penalty in the Cup final, Torres will be forever linked to the team’s first-ever Cup victory. He’s had a stop-and-go start to the 2017 season due to a hamstring injury, but there has been no public indication that he wants to leave.
Moreno reports that Torres specifically asked to leave Colombian football in 2015, making it seem like it’s unlikely he would want to go back there so quickly. This is still just a rumor, though, from a source close to the Millonarios coaching staff. No official statement has been made by either club, or Torres himself. Until that happens, I think we can expect the player to stick around for the near future.