Fernando Torres has said that he isn’t fazed by the potential arrival of Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao at Stamford Brudge in the summer and says he expects to stay at the club for three more years.
There reports linking Falcao to Chelsea seem to be getting stronger and stronger for the time being, especially as it seems the likes of Robert Lewandowski could be Bayern Munich bound and Edinson Cavani has gone off the radar somewhat. Despite the fact he will be facing more competition for his place, Torres says he expect a club like Chelsea to sign top players.
He was quoted by ESPN:
“Since I came we have only signed top players, so it would not be a surprise if we signed Falcao.
“When you play for Chelsea, you’re always hoping big players come and the big names are always being linked with the club. You cannot stop that. Every player is welcome at Chelsea, every top player.”
This essentially ends the idea that a swap deal that would see Torres going the other way is unlikely and he continued to say that he is happy where he is and hopes to show the Chelsea fans his best.
“For me, I know I want to stay. If they change their minds it’s a different question, but the relationship between me and the club is very straight. It’s not a problem at all.
“I have still not been at the level I want to be. Hopefully the Chelsea fans have not seen the best of me at the club. I hope there’s more to come. I really think this club has told me the truth. They have hopes for me and they trust me.”
The Spaniard has definitely enjoyed a much better season and has 20 goals in all competitions so far and became the first player to score in seven competitions in the one season. He also has six assists to his name.
He would have his work cut out for him should Falcao join the club at the end of the season and will have to compete with him alongside the likes of Demba Ba as it’s unlikely that Chelsea will stray from the current 4-3-2-1 formation they’re building on at the moment.
I think he’s right in the fact that he isn’t going anywhere as there doesn’t seem to be a buyer that will meet a price that would attract Chelsea and the player still has a lot of value in terms of image rights. According to Kitbag last month he was the eighth highest shirt seller in the Premier League this season and is only behind Eden Hazard (6th) in terms of Chelsea’s players, which is a fairly high place for the 29-year-old to come considering the lack of goals last season.