Fernando Torres has turned 30 today and Spanish daily AS has celebrated his birthday with a comprehensive interview of our record signing. Barring a remarkable turnaround, Torres could be one of our worst signings at least on a personal level. He has won numerous titles like the FA Cup and the Champions League, but a return of just 19 goals in 103 league appearances is poor. As a result, rumours about a potential departure continue to persist.
He has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid in a potential swap deal involving Diego Costa. Torres failed to rule out the possibility of returning to his former club, where he is still held in high regard, in this interview. He said:
“In football, you never know [return to Atletico Madrid]. You don’t know where you’re going to be tomorrow, in a week’s time or in 10 years’ time. How can I answer that question?
“You never know where life is going to take you. There’s nothing to say I’d end up with [Diego] Simeone here or at Atleti. Who could have told me that I was going to coincide with Rafa Benitez at two different English clubs?”
Samuel Eto’o has undoubtedly moved ahead of Torres in the pecking order after some crucial goals. Even if the former Barca star moves on at the end of the season, Torres’ position will still be under threat. Jose Mourinho has hinted that Chelsea are likely to sign a top class centre forward in the summer. Diego Costa has been fighting alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the Golden Boot award in Spain.
Torres also rejected suggestions that Mourinho does not like Spanish players. According to him, this notion has followed the Portuguese boss after his final six months at Real Madrid, but without any truth. He continued:
“Mourinho is a normal, hardworking person. He likes to have the concept of team above anything and he win titles wherever he goes.
“No [hatred against Spaniards]. He has a good memory of Spain from his time at Real Madrid. His numbers, records and are all there. Of course, he does not have anything against the Spaniards.”
Muchas gracias a todos, que tengais un gran dia / tanks a lot everyone , have a great day!! pic.twitter.com/qIFJlf0NM9
— Fernando Torres (@Torres) March 20, 2014
Torres was also viewed as a pet signing by Roman Abramovich. The Spaniard did admit that he knows Abramovich on a personal level, but the relationship is no different to what other players in the squad have with the Russian. “Yes, occasionally comes here and is a very close person [with the club]. My relationship with him is same as that of any other player.”
Torres still has two years left on his contract.