Fernando Torres faced the worlds media today at Cobham and laid out a statement of intent on his arrival at Chelsea Football Club, revealing that as soon he knew there was a chance to join the Blues “I couldn’t say no.”
The press room at Chelsea’s training ground was a thriving hub of nervous excitement and anticipation as the assembled throng of journalists waited to hear from Chelsea’s new No 9.
Torres began the press conference with a “thank you to all the Chelsea staff, who have helped me settle in at this great club.”
With Torres in line to make his debut for the Blues against his former club Liverpool in a ferocious encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the striker faced tough questions on his switch from Merseyside to the Thames but insisted that despite his fondness for his former team mates he was relishing the opportunity to make his first start for Chelsea.
“I am a Chelsea player now and I am really, really excited to start my first game for the club. It is a big motivation for me to play against the big players at Liverpool” he said.
Torres did however reveal that should he find the net for his new club, he would not celebrate as a mark of respect for the Merseysiders.
“First of all I have to play, then I have to score. However I have a big, big respect for the Liverpool fans, so I don’t think so. I have only good things to say about all the Liverpool people, especially the fans and staff at the club who made me feel like family.”
The Spaniard’s British transfer record fee of £50 million switch to SW6 has caused outrage in Liverpool but Torres, stated it was the ambition of Chelsea that he couldn’t turn down.
“I want to win the Champions League. The ambition of this team is to win trophies every year. As soon as I knew Chelsea and Liverpool were talking I wanted to leave, that is the truth.”
Speaking on his new team mates and the atmosphere in the Chelsea camp, Torres revealed that John Terry and Frank Lampard had been in constant contact with their new team mate, helping him to settle into life in London.
“They were talking from the first day I arrived, they have helped me with everything off the pitch, they understand how it is when you move to a new city. On the pitch, we spoke immediately about the next game. I know the team’s quality and I want to do my best to help the team and to score goals.”
The new number 9 was clearly thrilled to be starting out on a new journey with Chelsea and played down any speculation that his staggering transfer fee would impact on his performance.
“I have been in this situation before, when I moved to Liverpool from Atletico. Big money comes with big expectation, but it is normal for me. I am excited for a new life, a new era in front of me”
“I am thinking only of Chelsea moving forward.”