I left Liverpool to win trophies - Torres
The darling boy of Anfield was once labeled a traitor when he abandoned Liverpool to fulfill his ambitions.
Fernando Torres has opened the lid on what led to his exit in 2011.
‘El Nino’ as he was normally called due to his scoring prowess joined Liverpool in 2007, after signing for a club-record transfer fee. He marked his first season at Anfield by being Liverpool's first player since Robbie Fowler in the 1995–96 season to score more than 20 league goals in a season.
The former Atletico Madrid player scored 65 goals in 102 Premier League appearance for the Reds boasted of no trophy. He felt that time was running out then for a player of his nature and decided to change the environment.
“It was the peak of my career [at Liverpool],” began Torres, in an exclusive interview.
“The relationship between fans and players at Atletico was similar; Liverpool fans are special and the relationship between them is very close.”
“I arrived in a new city when I didn’t speak any English, but everyone at the city and the club made me happy. It was only happy times,” he said in an interview with talkSPORTS.
Chelsea in 2011 made a £40 million bid for the prolific player which was rejected by the Reds. He subsequently handed in an official transfer request to Liverpool the next day, which was rejected.
He finally completed his move to Stamford Bridge on a five-and-a-half-year contract on 31 January 2011 for an undisclosed fee reported to be £50 million, which set a new record for a British transfer and made him the sixth most expensive footballer in history.
“But the club was about to be sold and it was a difficult moment; they were selling all their players and they started bringing in young players.
“It was another six or seven years to create a winning team and I didn’t have that time.
“I needed to find my own way and that was going to Chelsea. I thought that was the club to offer me more chance of winning trophies.”
The Spaniard made 110 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in his five years of stay and scored 20 goals. He won the FA cup in his first year and later, the Champions League.
In 2012-13, he helped Chelsea win the Europa League before leaving for Italy to enjoy a two-year loan with AC Milan.
He retired from football last year at the age of 35.