Torres chose Chelsea ‘out of loyalty to Liverpool’

Striker says his choice not to join former club's closest rivals highlights his allegiance to the Merseysiders

Fernando Torres says he chose to join Chelsea rather than another English club because of his loyalty to Liverpool.

The 26-year-old striker, who played 102 games during his four-year spell on Merseyside, secured a £50m move to Stamford Bridge in January, and the Spain international believes his decision highlights his allegiance to the Anfield club.

“I did not want to go to Manchester City or Manchester United,” said Torres, “I could never do that, out of loyalty to Liverpool.

“But the Liverpool I left was not the same club as the one I joined. I did not understand the path the club was following.

“It is not as if I was the first to leave the club in the last few years. Look at [Xabi] Alonso, [Javier] Mascherano, [Alvaro Arbeloa], [Albert] Riera and [Rafael] Benitez. Some 20 or 30 left, all to improve themselves.

“I did not imagine leaving Liverpool but then the train to Chelsea passed by and I had to catch it, because of the dream I have of winning. I want to win the Premier League, and I felt I had to go.”

The World Cup winner, whose only title at club level came at Atletico Madrid when they sealed promotion to the Primera Liga in 2002, is now focused on securing silverware at his new club.

“We have a chance to win the title and the Champions League,” Torres continued. “Four weeks ago I didn’t have that chance, and now I feel close to what I want.

“All my life I have sought to win titles. I was lucky enough to win the World Cup but as a footballer you want to win with your club, with the players you train alongside every day.

“I am away from home, but Chelsea gives me the chance to achieve those goals year after year. Over the next 50 years they will be fighting United and Arsenal for trophies.”

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