For a price tag of £50 million, Chelsea was able to secure the services of Fernando Torres as the Spanish attacker joined the Premier League club on January of 2011.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, their investment did not pay off as Torres failed to make appearances that are comparable to his transfer fee.
At that point in time, Fernando Torres became the 6th most expensive footballer in the history of the sport and expectations were high for him to prove his worth.
During his 1st season as a player of Chelsea, Torres made 14 Premier League appearances and he only managed to score 1 goal. His following seasons were fairly better but nothing that he did was memorable except for the UEFA Champions League goal that he scored against Barcelona on April 24 of 2012 which edged the victory for Chelsea and they ultimately went on to win the prestigious European competition.
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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has waded into arguments about who was the better striker between Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard whilst both players were at Anfield.
Gerrard says that Uruguay international Suarez had more impact than Torres.
“Torres and Suarez were the two strikers I loved setting up. Both different and both unplayable. Suarez has more about his game and can do more than Torres. But they’re both deadly,” Gerrard said.
The Barcelona hitman moved to Anfield four days after the Spaniard agreed to move to Stamford Bridge in the winter window in 2011. Therefore, Suarez could not line up with the former Reds star. However, he went on to cement his name in the books of the club, scoring 69 goals in 110 Premier League appearances.
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Fernando Torres believes his ex-club, Liverpool conveyed him as a “traitor” following his departure to Chelsea in 2011.
The world cup winner, who became the fans’ choice at Anfield after scoring 65 goals in 102 league appearances for the club, signed for Chelsea in January 2011 for a then-British transfer record of £50m.
Despite the fact that he enjoyed huge personal success in his first three seasons at Liverpool, Torres became worried at the path the club was touring as a potential takeover loomed and sought to have talks with managing director Christian Purslow in the summer of 2010.
Before his departure, he was curious to know if the financial position of the club would be able to survive. However, with some key players beginning to leave, and following the sale of Javier Mascherano to Barcelona soon afterwards, he was left quite frustrated.
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Fernando Torres has stated that he is pleased with the way Atletico Madrid is playing at the moment.
He said that every player is doing their best on the pitch and he hopes that this good run will continue for as long as possible.
Atletico Madrid is unbeaten in both La Liga as well as the Champions League and Fernando Torres believes that this run will continue for quite some time. He said that it is a privilege for Atletico Madrid to be in this position and that he knows that Bayern will be a tough competitor. He said that the objective of Atletico Madrid is to finish top of their group and for that, it is important that they beat the smaller sides.
He said that Bayern would drop only a few points in their group and it is important that they remain consistent if they want to finish at the top of their group.
He said that it is imperative that they collect maximum points before facing Bayern in Germany as it will be a tough game there. He said that Atletico Madrid would want to build on their good run at the moment to make sure that they qualify before their final group game.
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Fernando Torres said that Liverpool made him pay for their own mistakes.
He said that he had no intention to leave Liverpool, but it is the club’s failing strategy that made him leave for Chelsea. He said that he settled well at Anfield and wanted to continue playing there, but the club had other intentions.
Torres said at the beginning the Liverpool management told him that players such as him would not be sold as they wanted to build the value of the team. However, this is not what happened because Javier Mascherano was sold to Barcelona. He said that Liverpool at that time was saying something and doing another thing.
Fernando Torres said that things became worst when the club was taken over by the Fenway Sports Group. He stated that the club replaced Roy Hodgson with Kenny Dalglish, and they appointed a football strategist.
He said that with the new owners came new strategy. He stated that the Fenway Sports Group wanted to sell the older players and build a team with younger players. At that time Torres stated that he was 27 years old and that he could not afford to wait for 5-10 years for the team to be successful. He said that there was no way for the team to be successful in the short run and this is what prompted him to move away from the club.
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Fernando Torres has congratulated his Atletico Madrid team mate Antoine Griezmann for winning the two top awards at the just concluded Euro 2016 tournament.
Griezmann was impressive at the tournament, leading his country France to the final before they lost to Portugal in the final few minutes of the second half of extra time football.
Griezmann won the Golden Boot, after scoring twice as much as any player at the tournament with his six goal tally. The 25-year old player entered the tournament somewhat exhausted after his busy season for his club where he played at the UEFA Champions League final aside being among the top scorers in the La Liga where they finished third behind Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Los Colchoneros player was awarded the best player of the tournament by the UEFA technical committee after the mundial despite losing it as hosts. Torres took to his Instagram page to pass across his best wishes, having won the same award himself back in 2012 when he netted three times and when Spain lifted their second successive Euro title.
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Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has said that the Champions League final will be the biggest game of his career.
For him, this is a dream that will come true as he has always wanted to win the biggest trophy in European football with Atletico Madrid.
Indeed, Torres started his career with Atletico Madrid after having gone through their entire youth system. He will explode on the European scene with them during the 2002-2003 season where he will score 13 goals in 29 appearances for them. From then on, he will go and establish himself as one of the best strikers in European football.
He will then go on and move to the Premier League where he will sign for Liverpool and then Chelsea. He will manage to win the Champions League with the London club in 2012, but his form will ultimately decline afterward because of an injury. His poor form will cause him to lose favor with Chelsea, and he will return to his childhood club, Atletico Madrid.
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Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso claims if the Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker continues to play well he should be considered for Spain at the European Championship.
The Spanish international won European tournaments in 2008 and 2012 when he was in great form. Torres and Alonso were Liverpool teammates from 2007 to 2009 and won two European Championships and a World Cup together for Spain before Alonso’s international retirement in 2014. The striker has scored seven goals in his last 11 games.
“If he continues at this level, he will surely have the chance to play at Euros, although Vicente [Spain coach Del Bosque] has the last word
“I am happy to see him back to his best form and he looks very happy at Atletico,” Alonso said of the 32-year-old striker who has returned to his boyhood club on loan from AC Milan. “The fans love him and he is an idol there. He is also a great friend because of all the experiences we have lived together. But on the field we are not friends. He seems happy and well-loved, and I am glad for him. I hope he continues that way after this [semifinal] tie.
On his ninth Champions League semifinal, Alonso said:
“There are no such things as favourites in a Champions League semifinal.
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Fernando Torres is playing with Athletic Madrid on a loan deal that is close to reaching it’s end but there is a question that is surrounding the Spanish player and it’s in relation to what will happen with the 32 year old attacker after his time at the Vicente Calderon Stadium arrives.
Torres does not play a very influential role in Athletic Madrid as he is a player who has spent time on the sidelines of certain matches while there are other occasions where he gets playing time as a substitute.
The veteran player himself is not sure as to what will happen with him in the near future as he was asked about the possibility of having a contract renewal and Torres replied by saying: “Will there be a contract renewal for me at Athletic at the end of the season? That is not a question for me. There is nothing new about this matter. He said further that. My dream is to win a title with Athletic Madrid. I want to celebrate a title with this team. We have experienced very nice things, I started in Second Division and it would be a perfect moment for me.”
When the loan deal with Athletic Madrid expires, his time with Ac.Milan will also be reaching it’s end. The Italian club does have the option to keep hold of Fernando Torres for a longer period of time but considering his disappointing stint with Ac.Milan, it’s not likely that they will choose to extend the contract of Fernando Torres.
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Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is confident that the club will be able to retain the best players at the club despite interest in several top names. Everton were on a spending spree last summer after bringing in the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry.
It looked like they were on a path towards improvement and potentially challenging for the top four places. However, a poor campaign ended up in Everton being without even the Europa league for the upcoming season. It appears to have cost them immensely in terms of prestige, as a number of top names are being linked with moves to other clubs.
James McCarthy, Kevin Mirallas, and John Stones all have been linked with moves away from Goodison Park. The latter is particularly attracting interest from Chelsea, who have made it £ 20 million offer for him. Even the Everton have rejected this bid, the Premier League champions are not expected to withdraw from their pursuit of their top transfer target. The chance to join a club like Chelsea – who will offer a lot of opportunities to win trophies – will be tough to turn down for Stones. Despite such interest, the 36-year-old goalkeeper says that Everton will retain their big names.
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