Fernando Torres has dampened the spirits surrounding Stamford Bridge by revealing that he intends to seek talks with the club over his future.
In a candid interview with respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the former Liverpool striker revealed his disappointment at being left out of the starting line up for Chelsea’s stunning Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Saturday night. The striker also revealed that were it not for the club’s fans he would have given up.
Torres has shown in recent weeks a return to the form that persuaded Chelsea to fork out £50 million pound for his services. The 28 year old scored his first hat trick for the club against QPR as well as crucial second goal in the Camp Nou that sealed Chelsea’s place in the Champions League final.
However despite his upturn in fortunes on the field, it was not enough to persuade Roberto di Matteo to start Torres in club’s two biggest games of the season, the FA Cup final and the Champions League final.
Torres was an unused substitute in the 2-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley and only came with five minutes remaining for the clash with Bayern.
Speaking to Balague on his website Torres said: “It’s contradictory because I feel like I’m at a peak moment in my career, with more desire and hunger than I’ve felt in a long time but I’ve had to spend the final on the bench. It was a huge disappointment when I saw the line-up, perhaps the biggest in my life.
“I thought I would play in this game and I couldn’t imagine not doing so. But in the end I could participate and offer the team something. I’m really happy.
“This season I have felt things that I never had before. I’ve felt like they treated me in a way that I didn’t expect. Not in the way that was spoken of when they signed me. We’ve had a lot of talks and we’ll talk about my future.
“I want them to tell me what is going to happen in the future. Football has been fair on us, on me.
“Now I do feel like football is worth it but I’ve been through a difficult time. The worst in my career. I don’t want that again. There’s been many times when I’ve felt lost, I wasn’t sure what to do. I felt like I didn’t know where I belonged.
“I’m eternally grateful to my family who have been by my side and also for the support of the owners who have stuck by me. And especially to the fans, if it hadn’t been for them this season I would have given up.”