Chelsea forward Fernando Torres has ruled out returning to former club Atletico Madrid, says he will never give up the fight at Stamford Bridge and all indications suggest that he will be a part of the squad next season.
It has been a frustrating time for both the Spaniards and the fans since he signed for the club from Liverpool for a British record £50 million back in 2011 and it has been rumoured that he could return to the Vicente Calderon stadium, Diego Simeone revealed an interest, but the forward says his only plan is to recapture his form of old and put things right at Chelsea.
“I’ve never hidden that I am grateful because Atletico gave me many things, but the reality is that I am in another team and I have three more years on my contract.
“I have a lot of things to give to Chelsea and many things to prove to myself before returning home [to Spain].
“Returning to Atletico is not a reality.”
Torres has scored just 31 goals in 119 appearances for the Blues which is nothing like the impressive record he had during his time at Anfield but a large proportion of those goals (19) have come this season which have been a lot more enjoyable for a man regarded as a busted flush than the disastrous first 18 months in West London.
He’s been a player that has divided opinion since he arrived, experts have been left scratching their heads as they attempt to explain his fall from grace but he’s been very fortunate to have been backed so patiently by the Chelsea support despite the lack of repayment, and it seems as though this is what Torres wants to put right.
Torres told the Daily Mail:
“I want to do the things I used to do all my life.
“I did them at Atletico, I did them at Liverpool and I am not doing them at Chelsea. I am working on it. If I knew the reason, I would fix it. The only way is to work at it.”
“I know my statistics have not been the same as in other years but I’m fighting to get back to those statistics.
“I am getting better but I’m still not at the level I want.
“I will try my heart out for this club.
“There are too many things I have to give back to these people and I want to show my thanks to them.”
The 29-year-old scored a brace against Rubin Kazan, the second of which really reminded us of the Torres of old, but there’s a long way to go and I certainly won’t be holding my breath about him getting back to his best and although I’d prefer to see him find a new club, if he’s going to put the effort in then I don’t think I would begrudge him at this stage.
He recently took part in Adidas’ bizarre advertising campaign promoting a new Chelsea shirt that none of us have ever seen, and I think it’s the players image and commercial value that has bought him as much time as he has enjoyed thus far.