Torres opens up about Chelsea move
Now at boyhood club Atletico Madrid, 32-year-old Fernando Torres has finally opened up about his controversial £50m move from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011.
The Spanish international was quoted in a new book by Simon Hughes entitled “Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories”.
Despite moving to rivals Chelsea, Fernando Torres believes a leak from the club happened in order to turn fan opinion against him.
Liverpool still not challenging for titles
He believes Liverpool’s progress since his departure has proved his decision right – Torres certainly wouldn’t have won a Champions League title if he stayed at Anfield.
“Comolli told me that the new owners (FSG), they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” says Torres.
“They wanted to bring in young players, to build something new. I was thinking to myself, this takes time to work. It takes two, three, four, maybe even 10 years.
“I didn’t have that time. I was 27 years old. I did not have time to wait. I wanted to win. Here we are five years later and they are still trying to build – around the same position in the league as when I left.”
“It was presented as if I was a traitor,” says Torres. “It was not like this in the discussion(s).
“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”