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Torres: Chelsea a big step up

2011-02-01 17:13

London - Fernando Torres fired a parting shot at Liverpool, after joining Premier League rivals Chelsea in a British record £50 million deal, by saying he was taking a big step forward in his career.

The two clubs agreed a deal on the final day of the transfer window on Monday, and the Spain striker put pen to paper at Stamford Bridge shortly before the 23:00GMT deadline.

"I'm sure I am doing one big step forward in my career, joining a club like Chelsea," the 26-year-old told Chelsea TV.

"I just want to be at the level I'm supposed to stay. This is a great club, a real responsibility and everyone is expecting great things about me, and I'm prepared and ready for the challenge."

Torres had endured a difficult season at Liverpool, and submitted a written transfer request on Friday after growing tired of life at Anfield.

The club has spent most of this season in the lower half of the table, having failed to qualify for the Champions League after a poor campaign the season before, and had undergone a period of instability off the pitch.

Managers Rafael Benitez and Roy Hodgson left in quick succession, while a lengthy ownership wrangle ended with the club changing hands in October.

"Chelsea are one of the teams I want to play for," Torres, whose 81 goals in 142 games endeared him to Liverpool's fans, said. "They are one of the biggest teams in Europe, and after that there are no more steps forward.

"This is the target for me as a player, to play for one of the top teams in the world and I have to be very, very happy with that."

Benfica defender David Luiz also joined in a 25 million euro deadline-day deal, boosting manager Carlo Ancelotti's hopes of closing the gap on Manchester United in the Premier League, and progressing further in the Champions League.

"Carlo is over the moon," Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said on the club website (www.chelseafc.com).

"He did say we needed to bring a couple of players in, and I said six months ago if we had to bring someone in, then it would be a big signing.

"I'm sure this is great for the team and the morale, and great for the fans who have two major signings to look forward to at Stamford Bridge."

Reuters

Comments
  • Bob - 2011-02-01 17:28

    Big step back in his career in my opinion, leaving the best most successful club in the history of british soccer to join a small club like Chelsea, no history, no pride, nothing, just a bunch of mercenaries funded by a very rich Russian, we will pass your new little club on our way back up the league while you will continue to slide down, back to where your new little club belongs.

      MyMassiveCock - 2011-02-01 18:19

      dear Bob, I hope you realise that your livepool has never won the "Premier League"... never.. (have a look at when it became the "Premier League") meaning, that has been so long ago, we need to look at the "History Channel" to see your achievements, so sorry about the sour grapes but remember at least you'll have some comfort since you never walk alone YNWA.... or is it (You'll Never Win Anything).... ps real men aren't scared to walk alone.... and thanks for this girl you sold us, we'll try not to break him like we did Yossi...

      lucien.langenhoven - 2011-02-01 19:04

      Shame Bob... I have to back MMC with this one... Not once did Liverpool win the premier league since it's been the premier league and may I mention that they ONLY won the Champions League once since it's become the Champion's League. You won a few European Cups (Now Champions League) back in the 70's and 80's when just 8 teams participated. Win tougher competitions. So my appeal to all Liverpool supporters is to stop talking about past Glory, you liverpool fans always take us way back to the Titanic when you talk about liverpool being a great club. Try winning some new and more competitive club football competitions. P.S. Winning Arsenal at the Emirates, United at Old Trafford and Chelsea at the Bridge is not competitions on their own coz that's all you liverpool fans brag about these days...

      Superdude - 2011-02-01 21:15

      MMC and Lucien - Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005, and were runners up again in 2006 - not that long ago chaps, come on lets stick to the facts not Chelsea tinted fiction. How many time have Chelsea won in Europe? Ah yes there were those UEFA Cup Winners' Cups you picked up! Guess which English club is the most successful in Europe? Yup thats right its Liverpool at a canter with 5 European Cups and three Uefa Cups - and it not impossible that we win another Uefa Cup again this year. Come back and play when you win a few more big competitions.

      Sean - 2011-02-02 02:35

      @superdude - the mentality of basing a team on past glories is useless. it is the equivalent of claiming the west indies are a better cricket team than south africa because they won the first 2 world cups. base your arguments on current situations please

      MyMassiveCock - 2011-02-02 06:01

      liverpool and history are always mentioned in the same paragraph, try qualifying for the champions league in the present before talking

      CronoslayeR - 2011-02-02 08:52

      I think liverpool are considered still prob alongside manchester as the two most popular teams in england, chelsea has only really started makin name in the last few years, and its mostly cause of drogba , not because he is good tho, just because his drogba and what he means to alot of soccer fans, plus, the liverpool francise and fanclubs etc etc are one of the more prominent of all teh clubs, if i remember correctly, the liverpool Gerrard and Torres shirts sold the most in england last year. For a team coming 7th place, id say thats pretty good.

      Selwyn - 2011-02-02 09:09

      Dear BOB! How can you call a club successful today if they are not anymore, you see we live for today and tomorrow, and today and tomorrow Liverpool plays crap. In actual fact after this season you can't say Liverpool is or was the most successful club as United will be. PS: I have the last game that Liverpool won the league on 8mm film if you interested.

      Superdude - 2011-02-02 15:34

      @Sean - spoken like a fan of a club which has no history. The past glories you speak about werent that long ago and certainly more recently than Chelsea in Europe. Currently we are 7th, Chelsea are 4th....there are many games to go before the end of the season, and considering that we have had a mini cris at the club, sacking two managers in one seasn and getting new owners, I would argue that the club has performed really well. My argument merely reflected the thread ... Hey Selwyn, even if Man U win the premiership this season, Liverpool will still be the most successful club in England...We have won 5 European Cups vs Man U's 3.

  • Superdude - 2011-02-01 17:41

    Lets hear what he has to say when Chelseas fail to qualify for the Champions League next year, by end 5th in the laegue this year. A Liverpool legend he could have been, but is now showing complete and utter disrespect for the most decorated club in English history, and standing behind a team that has tried to buy success but is now in reverse. Good luck and good riddance Torres, the sulk!

      MyMassiveCock - 2011-02-02 06:10

      oh and he would have qualified for the champions league in liverpool.... :-) come on, wake up already

      Bob - 2011-02-02 09:43

      You certainly live up to the third syllable of your name, a stupid one at that, all sports either individual or team measure their success by their history, ie Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer because he won the most majors, he didn't win them all yesterday you clown, and changing the name of a cup doesn't make it any less of a cup, I didn't say Liverpool are the best team in the World at the this moment, I just said they are the most successful, which they are, and my personal opinion we are on our way back.

      Jaco - 2011-02-02 10:56

      "Most successful club in English history" - very soon you won't be any more, so enjoy rehashing that claim before people points fingers and laugh at you. Although I've a feeling 'Pool supporters will keep banging that drum, even when they become 17th most successful club in English history. Bob says: "my personal opinion we are on our way back". Too early to say, friend. You're playing only your first game tonight without Torres. Of course you may be right but you may also be embarrassed about that statement 10 games further down the line.

      Jaco - 2011-02-02 11:01

      "Most successful club in English history" - very soon you won't be any more, so enjoy rehashing that claim before people points fingers and laugh at you. Although I've a feeling 'Pool supporters will keep banging that drum, even when they become 17th most successful club in English history. Bob says: "my personal opinion we are on our way back". Too early to say, friend. You're playing only your first game tonight without Torres. Of course you may be right but you may also be embarrassed about that statement 10 games further down the line.

  • Andrew Griffiths - 2011-02-01 18:04

    A quality player still in search of a quality team.

  • racerat - 2011-02-02 12:35

    Liverpool got a good deal here! Selling an idiot,that thinks he knows how to play and buying 2 decent strikers. What a chop!

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