Torres: I’m STAYING at Chelsea and will fight for my place with Falcao, despite interest from Fiorentina
16:28 GMT, 24 April 2013
01:19 GMT, 25 April 2013
With Radamel Falcao at the top of Chelsea’s list of summer transfer targets, Fernando Torres insists he will not be the fall-guy for another big-name centre forward.
Atletico Madrid are selling Falcao, who has scored 25 goals in La Liga this season, for 50million.
Chelsea are front of the queue of clubs for the Colombian, with reports on Wednesday night claiming that he could be Jose Mourinho’s marquee signing if, as expected, the Portuguese returns to Stamford Bridge this summer.
However, Torres is determined to see out the three years left on his contract.
Staying put: Torres talks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League semi-final
Torres said: ‘When you play for Chelsea you’re always hoping big names come, and the big names are always related with Chelsea.
‘You cannot stop that, especially when the summer comes, and every top player is welcome at Chelsea. Since I came we have only signed top players, so it would not be a surprise if we signed Falcao.’
Torres scored seven goals in Europe this season and will lead the line in this evening’s Europa League semi-final first leg in Basle. Demba Ba is cup-tied.
On the way: Falcao is expected to arrive from Atletico Madrid in the summer
Man in the mask: Torres trains with his team-mates in Basle on Wednesday
The Spaniard’s last Barclays Premier League goal was in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa on December 23, but despite his indifferent form for Chelsea since a 50m move from Liverpool in 2011, Torres claims his long-term future is in London.
The 29-year-old added: ‘I’m happy at the moment, but I’d be happier if we won the Europa League. I’ve always felt part of this club. Things change, but you can see this season I have been the main striker.
‘This season has been better for me, but it’s not been at the level I want to be. I really think this club has told me the truth. They have hopes for me and they trust me — they don’t say the opposite.
‘I know I want to stay. If they change their minds it’s a different question, but the relationship between me and the club is very straight. It’s not a problem at all.’
Torres scored against Rubin Kazan in the quarter-final second leg in Moscow and is keen to add the Europa League trophy to last season’s Champions League.
Torres added: ‘I hope there’s more to come as I’m still young. We can win the Europa League this season, but we can still win much more. The squad and players are young — we can do great things. I would like to be involved for the next few years because we can become one of the best teams in Europe, not just England.’
Forward thinking: Torres is optimistic about the future at Chelsea
Fiorentina, however, have expressed interest in signing Torres.
29-year-old has grown increasingly frustrated over his form and playing
time at Stamford Bridge and is expected to be pushed further down the
pecking order this summer as Chelsea look to add another two strikers.
Highly rated: Stevan Jovetic could be heading to the Premier League
Fiorentina want someone to replace Stevan Jovetic who they anticipate joining either Arsenal or Manchester City.
Their chief scout Eduardo Macia played a role in taking Torres to Liverpool in 2007.