Torres happy at Chelsea

2011-03-11 13:35

Madrid - Fernando Torres is convinced he made the right decision to leave Liverpool for Chelsea after failing to believe in talk of new projects at Anfield, the Spain striker said on Friday.

The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge for a British record 50 million pounds ($81.25 million) on the final day of the January transfer window, and said he was settling in well to his new surroundings.

Liverpool's failure to reinforce their squad after selling players such as Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Peter Crouch and Alvaro Arbeloa, and the departure of manager Rafa Benitez, convinced Torres it was time to leave.

"I knew I was an idol for the fans but it wasn't the same any more," Torres told sports daily Marca.

"The institution was in chaos with the sale. There was all this talk of possible projects. In many ways it reminded me of (former club) Atletico Madrid... a great history, many ideas but without money, it needed time. I don't have that.

"People aren't honest in the world of football. You can't say the truth or be clear with people. It's a business and nobody is anyone's friend."

On his new club he added: "Chelsea have proved they have top-level players in all departments and that they will always be competitive whatever happens, with an owner who will invest when it is necessary."

Four games into his Chelsea career, Torres has yet to score his first goal.

"I didn't expect it to be easy. It never is," he added. "It was the same for me at Liverpool. There are two months of adaptation to something so new, and more so in February.

"The fans have been impressive from the first day. They are almost more enthusiastic than I am to score the first goal."

He also said he had been surprised at how easy it had been for him to settle in with his new team mates.

"I expected something more distant with a team full of stars," Torres said.

"There are more personal relationships and jokes between the players than there were at Liverpool. Everything was much more serious there. Here, you don't have to prove you are a professional, it is assumed."


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  • - 2011-03-11 14:05

    Unfortunately the grass is not always greener on the other side and he will have a difficult time settling in, and ultimately not be as effective as he was at Liverpool. Can say all he likes, he will not find his former spark, the money and greed has infested his brain. Liverpool were more than patient with him and all his injuries, now when he is able to play again, he does not have the ability to regain his brilliance, not hungry enough to be the best - he has everything he needs, just cannot get off his bum and get motivated.

  • kingswing69 - 2011-03-11 14:12

    Torres your career was over months before you left Liverpool . Chelsea got a bad deal signing you up where Liverpool made money

  • HardHitter - 2011-03-11 14:30

    christo, well said, SAUREZ, what a fantastic player. and all thats happening @ Chelsea is he must now compete with other strikers, if he doens't score, hes on the bench. Look at Andreyi Schlevkenko(?).

  • TRUE Red - 2011-03-11 14:35

    I was at Anfield this weekend & let me tell you, he is long forgotten. Why ? LUIZ SUAREZ ! We were still singing the Suarez songs on the streets when I left on Tuesday morning

  • Bob - 2011-03-11 14:46

    Torres you have to say all that bull, you wait until you have left the building before you say your piece, it will never be the same for you at Chelski, you left one of the biggest, most successful clubs in the world to join the Russians play toy with no history no pedigree just heaps of money, you weren't the true Liverpool type of character on reflection, I'm sure many of the fans are almost embarrassed about the amount of support they gave you, and the lack of support you gave them.

  • Paul - 2011-03-11 15:26

    I loved Torres at Liverpool and I think he gave us his best years, I'm sad to see him play for Chelsea 'cause they're Roman's little play thing and when the Russian gets tired of it normal service will be resumed. To get 50 mill for him or more accurately Suarez and Carrol, I think he not only gave us his best years, he left a legacy. Good on yer Fernando YWNWA !!!

  • FactFile - 2011-03-11 15:32

    "Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla " - Torres. Go wet yourself man, that's about all you can do nowadays. SUAREZ!!!!!!! SUAREZ!!!!!!!! SUAREZ!!!!!!!!!!!

  • smallwhirled - 2011-03-11 16:00

    I am a Liverpool supporter but must acknowledge that what Torres says makes sense. I also think that we certainly got better value from our January transfer deals than Chelsea, although Luiz looks good for them. Disappointingly, we will not make the Champions League for next season and Torres will be there.

  • chrisholtshausen - 2011-03-13 18:27

    'Good Buy, Torres' 'Bad Buy, Chelsea' He is now only a has-been! Go, walk alone!!!

  • brendon - 2011-03-15 16:57

    always the people of the opposite clubs fans leaving bad comment, but watch this space the champs arent done yet

  • Charl - 2011-03-17 08:37

    All you Liverpond supporters are full of shit.Torres is fantastic when on form,and believe me....he WILL be back soon.

  • Charl - 2011-03-17 08:38

    All you Liverpond supporters are full of shit.Torres is fantastic when on form,and believe me...he WILL be back soon.

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