MADRID (AFP) – Spanish international Fernando Torres has said he is determined to see out his contract at Chelsea and hopes that the return of Jose Mourinho to the Europa League winners can inspire him to regain his top form.
Torres has struggled to reach the heights he did in his first two seasons in England with Liverpool since Chelsea paid £50 million ($78.4 million) for his services in January 2011 and despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club, he insists he intends to see out the five-and-a-half-year deal he signed with the blues.
“I want to continue, I want to complete the contract that I signed, I want to continue winning titles and return to being the best in my position,” he told Spanish newspaper AS in an interview published on Saturday.
“There is no better place and better conditions than with Mourinho at Chelsea. If you think about the players that have passed through his clubs, the strikers, all of them have had great years.”
The 29-year-old did show some flashes of his old self during Rafael Benitez’s short reign at Chelsea last season as he scored 22 goals, including one in the final of the Europa League against Benfica last month.
That run of form was enough to convince Vicente del Bosque to recall the former Atletico Madrid man to his squad for the Confederations Cup after he had been left out of the last couple of Spain squads and he is delighted to be back in the fold for another major championship.
“When you are not in the squads before a championship, then it is difficult. The same thing happened with the Euros last year, but I have always had confidence I would come and do things well,” he said.
“This year I have finished the season well and I have been able to be here. I hope that we will have the same result this year as in the Euros.”
And despite all their success in recent years, Torres believes defeat to the USA in the Confederations Cup four years ago will spur them onto success in Brazil.
“We haven’t won everything. This tournament we still haven’t won and we are here to do so. The desire, the inertia, the moment always asks more of you. That is why you are always desperate for the next tournament to arrive to be able to win it and continue making history.
“We have won the European Championship, World Cup, European Championship, and we want to lift the Confederations, which is what we are lacking. And then add on the World Cup again, why not?”