Anfield hero has completed his move to Stamford Bridge and here is what he had to say about signing for the Premier League champions.
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Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Fernando Torres on a five-and-a-half year contract.
The move to bring the Spanish World Cup and European Championship winner to London from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee was completed on Monday evening.
Speaking at Stamford Bridge after finalising the move, Torres said:
‘I am very happy with my transfer to Chelsea and I am looking forward very much to helping my new team-mates this season and for many years to come.
‘Having played against Chelsea many times since coming to England, and in some very big games I will never forget, I know there are many great players here and I will work hard to win a place in the team. I hope I can score some important goals for the supporters to enjoy this season.’
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said:
‘This is a very significant day for Chelsea, capturing one of the best players in the world with his peak years ahead of him. We have long admired the talents of a player who is a proven goalscorer in English football and Fernando’s arrival is a sign of our continuing high ambitious. I hope every Chelsea fan is as excited as I am with this news.’
Chief executive Ron Gourlay added: ‘Signing a player of the stature of Fernando Torres benefits the club on many levels. Carlo Ancelotti was keen to add his talents to the squad as we continue our quest for three trophies this season, we are delighted we have succeed with that wish, and this signing will undoubtedly aid the club in realising our worldwide potential.’
Torres’s scoring pedigree in English football is without doubt. The 26-year-old netted 65 goals in 102 league appearances for Liverpool and 81 in 142 games in all competitions. (Official Chelsea Website)
Liverpool supporters are understandably upset about the loss of the their star striker, with some fans burning shirts with his name and number on the back, but in the cold light of day how do the Anfield supporters feel about the Spaniard’s decision to move to Stamford Bridge? Can anyone understand his decision to move to the Premier League champions?
And how do Chelsea fans feel about bringing in the World Cup winner? Will his arrival help reverse the ageing nature of the West London squad?
Should make for an even more explosive atmosphere when the two clubs go head to head on Sunday!